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Young Chefs® Academy is a unique culinary experience which offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. Each visit to Young Chefs® Academy is a new experience with fresh monthly themes and exciting new programs. Students sharpen their skills by employing the mantra, "Mise en Place" which, in the cooking world, translates into "Everything in its place."
 
At Young Chefs® Academy, we take the fear, mystery and the unknown out of cooking. In addition, each class and event incorporates supplemental subject matter which ties into each theme. Our staff of highly qualified teachers, chefs and nutritional experts carry out our mission to provide an interactive learning experience that gives children the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts.

Check out the Current Class Schedule for the Young Chefs® Academy nearest you.

Class Offerings:

Weekly Classes

Weekly Classes at Young Chefs® Academy is a great opportunity to sharpen life-skills and stir-up creativity! Join us each week as we explore a veritable smorgasbord of dishes. Each month is based on a different theme with new recipes each week. One month we may be discovering new tastes from culinary masters such as Rachael Ray and Emeril Lagasse while another we may be soaking up the traditions of old world dishes of Italian Cuisine.
 
Not only will we be cooking, we will be plunging into knowledge from the basic cognitive subject areas. In truth, any recipe prepared at Young Chefs® Academy is a chance to explore many topics of study in a fun and interactive setting. Our highly qualified staff of teachers and chefs are on hand to make each cooking class a memorable experience for the students. Parents will be surprised to watch as their "young chef" grows with confidence and knowledge as they create these recipes at home for them!
 
Each unique session is designed to familiarize children with diverse foods, while they experience what it feels like to create and taste scrumptious recipes themselves! Building self-confidence, creativity and a life-long skill are important ingredients to the programs.
 
Young chefs will learn basics in:
• kitchen safety
• proper food handling
• food preparation
• cooking and baking techniques
• presentation
• table setting
• manners
• basic cognitive subject matter
• and so much more!
 
These courses are designed to help young chefs explore cuisines while building upon basic skills.

KinderCooks

Where our youngest "Chefs in Training" are the main ingredient!

KinderCooks is a Young Chefs ® Academy program designed to accommodate our chefs ages 3-5. It incorporates recipes, age-appropriate culinary skills, basic nutrition, literature, and movement into a 1 – 1 ½ hour class, paced for the preschool attention span. The curriculum is prepared by our highly trained staff in monthly units and will consist of age appropriate themes such as:

• Shapes, Community Helpers, Numbers, Colors, etc. Classes will be limited to 15 children with 1 teacher and 1 assistant.
 
Let the fun begin!

To ensure safety and enjoyment for each student, class sizes are limited based on space and availability. Class offerings will vary by location.

Jr Chefs

This program is the core of the entire class program. The Jr. Chefs classes are designed for students' ages 5/6 – 13/14 and offer a well-rounded approach to teaching children the skills necessary to develop their love of cooking.
 
Jr. Chefs Classes are designed to allow creativity to mesh with culinary techniques for exciting results!
 
To ensure safety and enjoyment for each student, class sizes are limited based on space and availability. Class offerings will vary by location.



Sr Chefs

These special Young Chefs classes were designed to accommodate those students who have met specific criteria and are looking for a more in-depth culinary experience. Students will assume more responsibility while developing new techniques and concepts.
 
Depending on the Young Chefs® Academy near you, these classes will be offered as a membership program and in special units.

To ensure safety and enjoyment for each student, class sizes are limited based on space and availability. Class offerings will vary by location.

You Supply the Chefs, We Supply the Rest!

Come celebrate and be the chef of the day with us at Young ChefsAcademy! All of our Birthday Parties are filled with interactive, hands-on cooking and delicious fun. Only Young Chefs Academy offers our ALL-INCLUSIVE party packages!  Just sit back and let us handle everything from printing and mailing your invitations to writing down your birthday gifts as they are opened. Our parties are packed full of amusing activity!  We will introduce each guest to the essentials of cooking as they make their "creation" from scratch all while being entertained by our lively staff and their crazy "antics"! Your guests will also love the many party favor options available at Young Chefs Academy.
 
Birthday Themes

Themes will vary by location.
Contact your local Young Chefs® Academy for more information.
 
Build Your Gift Bag

Young Chefs Academy offers a variety of unique cooking related merchandise for your party needs. With the many choices, you can add on to each party bag to customize your party experience. Your birthday guests are sure to love the endless possibilities, including professional chef jackets,chef hats, chef pants,embroidered aprons,pizza kits,oven mitts, holiday spatulas, unique measuring spoons, pizza cutters and much more! Visit your local Young Chefs Academy to see what they're offering!

Contact your local Young Chefs Academy today to find out more about this unique birthday experience. Remember... YOU SUPPLY THE CHEFS... WE'LL SUPPLY THE REST
 
Private/Custom Parties

Home schooling groups...Girl Scout/Boy Scout Troops...Play groups...Field Trips...Classes for Moms and Dads! Contact us to see what we can cook up for you!
 
"Lily can't stop talking about how much fun she had at her birthday party..."
-Allison Cates

"Thank you for making my 10th birthday so very special"
-Kayla Griffon
 
Contact your local Young Chefs® Academy for information on booking your Birthday Party! 
 
Offerings may vary by location. Call your local Young Chefs Academy for more information to create your perfect party package.
 
Check out the Current Class Schedule for the Young Chefs® Academy nearest you

 

Come Taste the Adventure with Camp Can-I-Cook® Mini-Camps!

Camp Can-I-Cook is the place to be during special times of the year. Each camp consists of a three-hour session for three, four or five consecutive days. Campers will get to experience new tastes and learn to prepare recipes from various cuisines "with a twist".

Each camp takes on a personality of its own. Whether you're beating the heat with our "Cool Treats," tasting old world favorites of Italy, uncovering culinary favorites of France, or dipping into our "Chocolate Adventure," you never know what to expect next!

         Click on the picture above to find a YCA near you!


Are you suffering from the Boredom Blues?   Visit our "Boredom Busters" page! 

 

For more information on Mini-Camps, contact your local Young Chefs® Academy.

Why Become a Chef's Club Member?

To take advantage of the exclusive benefits through:
• Weekly Classes
• Participation in the exciting MasterChef Program
• Discount on YCA special events and camps
• Special Chef's Club "members only" events
• Chef's Club Kit
• Discounts on Birthday Parties
• Discount on YCA merchandise

More importantly, Chefs Club members grow and become a special element in their Young Chefs® Academy as they become more independent and self-assured in their culinary endeavors while building strong relationships with others. They will be participating in various events and projects through special "member's only" events and the MasterChef Program.

To ensure safety and enjoyment for each student, class sizes are limited based on space and availability. Class offerings will vary by location.

For more information on Memberships, contact your local Young Chefs Academy.

Are you serious about cooking? In our MasterChef® Program, we get serious about building your culinary skills!
 
The MasterChef® program is a unique opportunity for children and teens interested in cooking to learn the basic skills and techniques needed to embark on a lifetime of cooking. Students enrolled in the MasterChef® program participate in classes throughout the month, successfully pass monthly tasks and earn patches toward their main goal of earning a MasterChef® jacket and diploma. Participants will learn basics in: kitchen safety, proper food handling, food preparation, cooking and baking techniques, presentation, table setting and manners all organized by a monthly theme.
 

Prerequisite: Members can participate in the exclusive MasterChef Program available to our Jr. Chefs and Sr. Chefs! Contact your local Young Chefs Academy to find out how you can start earning patches to become a MasterChef!
 
To ensure safety and enjoyment for each student, class sizes are limited based on space and availability. Class offerings will vary by location.

For more information on Memberships, contact your local Young Chefs Academy.

Young Chefs® Academy offers a variety of fun from field trips for schools and scout groups to seasonal workshops & Open Houses and so much more! Is there a specific badge you're working towards? Let Young Chefs® Academy create an unforgettable experience for your troop with our exclusive Scout Program!
 
Teachers & PTO Members... Check This Out!

While Young Chefs® Academy offers weekly cooking classes to individuals, more and more organizations and educational facilities are coming to us for a distinctive and interactive encounter with our customized field trips. The practice of cooking and working with almost any recipe enables children to learn a variety of academic skills.

Young Chefs® Academy Field Trips - Recipes for Learning: Let's Cook!

Cooking is a great opportunity to sharpen life-skills and stir-up creativity! It is also a great recipe for soaking-up some knowledge from the basic cognitive subject areas. In truth, any recipe prepared at Young Chefs® Academy is a chance to explore many topics of study such as Math, Science, Health, Reading/Language Arts and so much more. Young Chefs Academy has highly credentialed curriculum support who identifies with the staffs teaching benchmarks.
 
Young Chefs® Academy Pre-School Field Trips

Pre-school field trips are a great opportunity for these "little chefs" to explore their culinary curiosities in a fun, safe environment. Each pre-school field trip includes a special theme with each recipe along with a related activity to keep little minds busy with enjoyment.


Whether you're looking for a field trip that focuses on a specific topic or just want to have fun, Young Chefs®Academy is the place! Contact us for more information so that we can custom tailor your field trip package!
 
Scout Troops:

Scout Troops of all varieties are coming to Young Chefs® Academy to fulfill some of their merit badge requirements. We offer a fun and interactive "Cooking Merit Badge" Workshop which covers the all the bases of most cooking merit badge obligations. Some of the activities that will be covered during the workshop include:

• Kitchen safety and food handling;
• Examples of food groups & recommended daily serving sizes from each group as recommended using the new food pyramid;
• Recipe preparation using proper techniques and procedures;
• Recipe nutrition and camping modifications;
• Meal Planning - Planning a full meal including nutritional information and grocery lists;
• Pricing & estimation of total meal costs;
• Optional extension suggestions to meet further requirements.
 
Other Special Events:

Open Houses, workshops, private parties - the possibilities are practically endless! Be sure to contact your local Young Chefs® Academy for an experience of a lifetime!

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Visit a Young Chefs® Academy ...and treat yourself to our unique cooking gear, gifts & goodies available in every location. Young Chefs® Academy is proud to be a provider of Furi/Rachael Ray's Yum-o! quality line of products. Yum-o! products are upscale, state-of-the-art line of childrens cooking utensils designed especially for Rachael Ray. Launched in 2006 by Rachael Ray, Yum-o! is a nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. The following are some of the products we will be carrying at participating Young Chefs® Academies:

  • Furi RR Young Cooks Cutting Set #1 - includes Furi Rachael Ray Tadpole Knife with Blade Guard and a Green Cut-Resistant Glove.

  • Furi RR Young Cooks Cutting Set #2 which includes a Furi Rachael Ray 4" paring knife with rounded tip and blade guard, Furi Rachael Ray serrated knife with rounded tip and blade guard and a red cut-resistant glove.

  • Furi RR Young Cooks Cutting Accessories Kit - includes Furi Rachael Ray kid's soft-grip kitchen scissors with rounded nose; non-slip board mat, and; red and green plastic cutting boards.
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