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Young Chefs Academy Signs Four Franchise Agreements

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Young Chefs Academy Signs Four Franchise Agreements

Nationally Acclaimed Kids Cooking School to Expand in Florida, Georgia, New York and Ottawa, Canada 

WACO, Texas – Young Chefs Academy, the country’s leading cooking school for children, which has captivated the creativity of children across the nation for more than a decade, today announced four new franchise agreements in Florida, Georgia, New York, and Ontario, Canada.

“Young Chefs Academy has the ability to fully immerse itself into local communities around the world,” said Julie Burleson, founder and CEO of Young Chefs Academy. “We are delighted to welcome four new franchise ownership groups into our family and introduce our unique concept throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and the Canadian province of Ontario.”

The new franchise ownership groups include Khaled Nayed from Kanata, Ontario, a suburb of Ottawa; manager-turned-owner Lynlee Bradley from North Druid Hills, Georgia; Sebastian and Tina Latina from New City, New York; and Jessica Yuen from Orlando, Florida. Specific details on each location’s opening will be announced at a later date.

This announcement comes amid a series of moves and key executive-level hires to strengthen the brand’s talented collection of leaders. Young Chefs Academy also recently unveiled its new training center and headquarters in Waco, which includes state-of-the-art kitchen and classroom space for training and education classes.

“As we continue to expand our franchise system, we are taking every opportunity to strengthen our processes and procedures,” said Burleson. “With a strong team firmly in place and our beautiful new training facility, we are confident in our strategic growth plans and the educational opportunity we offer to students across the globe.”

Children enrolled in Young Chefs Academy will have the opportunity to participate in educational classes, camps, special events and more. The curriculum at Young Chefs Academy is updated regularly with monthly themes and exciting new programs that emphasize building culinary skills. Events and classes are fueled by the mantra, “mise en place,” which translates to “everything in its place.”

Tailored for young children discovering the kitchen in a KinderCooks® class, children in the Junior Chefs program and older students mastering concepts in the Senior Chefs group, there is a place and a lesson for every student to explore and grow through cooking. Each location also hosts birthdays and events for groups just looking for a taste of the Young Chefs Academy experience.

Young Chefs Academy students can also benefit from opportunities connected to influential media partners, such as Food Network Magazine. Young Chefs Academy has hosted nationally recognized programs in conjunction with these and other partners, reaching both kids and adults across the nation with cooking tips and events to bring families together in the kitchen.

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About Young Chefs Academy

Founded in 2003, Young Chefs Academy is one part culinary adventure, one part culinary education, and it’s all for children. Here, learning invaluable life lessons (shhh… they don’t even know it’s happening) occurs through a cooking curriculum that evokes curiosity, which provides children a pathway to personal discovery and creativity, all in a warm, welcoming and inspiring movement.

Young Chefs Academy provides driven entrepreneurs the opportunity to join a movement that is here to stay. Complete with a celebrated curriculum, extensive marketing, operations and real estate support, Young Chefs Academy is on a course for global expansion. Currently, the company has more than 20 locations open or in development throughout ten states.

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