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Young Chefs Academy Founder and CEO, Julie Burleson, shares with FOX Business News how she turned her dreams into a global reality.

Julie Burleson with MasterChef Junior Contestant and Young Chefs Academy student, Quani, highlighting how he learning to cook at an early age.

Young Chefs Academy opens in Bel Air Maryland!  Get a preview in this story
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December 26, 2018 ~ WPIX-11 (CW New York)

Chef Karen of the Young Chefs Academy in Forest Hills, NY shares the true gingerbread house experience at Young Chefs Academy

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December 2, 2018 ~ Good Day Northwest Arkansas

Mary Vidal, owner/operator of the Young Chefs Academy of Rogers, AR, and Chef Andrea shares how building gingerbread houses from the ground up is the only way to go for a true holiday experience!

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November 28, 2018 ~ KWTX News 10: Morning Buzz

Young Chefs Academy's Corporate Curriculum Coordinator, Chef Rachel Solano, shares the secret of the Young Chefs Academy authentic gingerbread experience

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September 8, 2018 ~ FORBES

"In Conversation with Young Chefs Academy's Founder & CEO, Julie Burleson"

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July 25, 2018 ~
"10 Ways to Get Everyone Excited About Family Dinners"

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June 16, 2018 ~ Marietta Daily Journal

"Local kids chef academy helps kids make dinner fit for a dad"

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June 14,2018 Press Release

"Young Chefs Academy Welcomes Adults Into the Kitchen"

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May 31, 2018 ~ FORBES

"It's Time To Embrace Entrepreneurial Franchisees"

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May 18, 2018 ` Gwinnett Daily Post
"Gwinnett ‘MasterChef Junior’ contestant competing in tonight’s season finale"
MasterChefs Junior Finalist, Quani Fields, talks about his experience on the show and how Young Chefs Academy helped him reach the first finale spot that takes him to the season finale.
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May 11, 2018 ~ FOX News
"Motherhood and cooking: The perfect recipe for one woman’s dream job"
Young Chefs Academy Founder and CEO, Julie Burleson, shares with FOX Business News how she turned her dreams into a global reality.
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April 29, 2018 - CNN HLN (Weekend Express)
CNN's HLN interview with Young Chefs Academy Founder, Julie Burleson & MasterChef Junior Contestant, Quani, highlighting how Quani’s passion is a prime example of a Young Chefs Academy student and how children learn self-confidence, team work, math and the like by learning to cook at an early age
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April 19, 2018 - Working Mother Magazine
A Chef's Best Tips for Raising Non-Picky Eaters
Founder, Julie Burleson, shares how learning to cook may be the key to picky eaters
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April 12, 2018 - Tampa Bay Times
"Young Chefs Coming To Wesley Chapel Area"
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April 5, 2018 - Inc.
"This Company Helps Kids Learn to Cook. Here's How That Solves Two Huge Problems"
Young Chefs Academy Founder/CEO shares how "Mastering food can help kids form the strong bonds they need for a successful life."
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March 28, 2018 - Inc.
Inc. reaches out to Young Chefs Academy CEO, Julie Burleson, for advice on "How to Be an Ally to Women Entrepreneurs in a Male-Dominated World"
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March 26, 2018 - The Aegis
Young Chefs Academy Opening in Bel Air
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March 9, 2018
Lawrenceville boy, 11, shows culinary talents on MasterChef Junior: [Young Chefs Academy student] "Quani Fields culinary talents displayed on television
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February 2, 2018 - Franchise Chatter
Q&A with Julie Burleson, Founder and CEO of Young Chefs Academy
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January 31, 2018 - Your Working Life with Caroline Dowd-Higgins 
Julie Burleson shares the secrets to managing a successful franchise, Young Chefs Academy, and enjoying the benefits of a family-friendly business.
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January 10, 2018 - Business News Daily
How Life as a Mom Inspired a Business that Brings Families Together
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December 2017 Press Release
Young Chefs Academy Franchise Feeds Demand for Children’s Culinary Enrichment
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December 15, 2017 - Reader's Digest
5 Easy Steps for Creating the Perfect Homemade Gingerbread House
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November 12, 2017 -
Young Chefs Academy Shares a COCO-Inspired Cheesecake Recipe for a Night of Family Baking Fun
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September 22, 2016 -
Young Chefs Academy Announces Campaign to Raise Funds for Cookies for Kids' Cancer
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September 21, 2016 - IFA Smartbrief
Young Chefs Academy [Jessica Yuen of Seminole, FL] does a cooking demo
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August 2016 - Franchising USA
Q&A with Julie B
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August 2016 - Franchise Times
People Power:  Hands off, but still rolling up sleeves to hire
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August 30, 2016 - Seminole Beacon
Kids in the Kitchen – Young Chefs Academy to Hold Grand Opening Sept. 3
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August 12, 2016 - Hometown News
Children Learn to Cook in Waco and Across the World
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July 14, 2016 - Business News Daily
Leadership Lessons: Give Your Team Freedom
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June 16, 2016 - Rockland County Times
Young Chefs Academy coming to Rockland
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May 2016 - Franchise Times
Living Large:  Site Selection
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March 2016 - Franchise Times
Living Large: Romancing Your Candidates Takes Art, Science
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February 2016 - Franchise Update
Fabulous Female Franchise Founders - Recipe for Success
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February 2016 - Franchise Times
Living Large:  Watch Your Back at Contract Time
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February 23, 2016 - San Antonio Business Journal
Downturn in Eagle Ford could open door to new ventures
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February 18, 2016 - Business News Daily
5 Important Lessons New Female Leaders Need to Learn
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January 2016 - Naperville Sun
"Kids' cooking school looks to open in Naperville"
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December 2015 -
"Brookhaven resident shines in Sandy Springs kitchen"
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December 2015 - The West Orange Times & Observer
"Kids in the Kitchen"
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December 2015 - Franchising World
"Finding the Right Fit for Best Business to-Business Partnerships"
Article by YCA Founder, Julie Burleson
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November 2015 - Waco Tribune Herald
"Waco-based Young Chefs Academy plans national expansion"
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November 2015 -
"Young Chefs Academy Opens in Lenexa"
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October 2015 - NEW LOCATIONS

Young Chefs Academy of Lenexa KS opens November 2015.  Coming to Florida - Early 2016!
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September 2015 -  Female entrepreneurs
"Founder Julie Burleson's success:  an international franchise (and healthier kids)
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August 2015 - Business Daily News

"7 Fun Businesses Started Just For Kids"
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July 2015 - Kansas City Business Journal
"Lenexa resident brings kids cooking school to KC Market"
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July 2015 - International Franchise Association
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June 2015 -
"7 Powerful Lessons Kids Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurship"
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May 2015 -
"Young Chefs academy Reveals Carefully Crafted Recipe for National Expansion"
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May 2015 - IFA
Young Chefs Academy as featured in SmartBrief, Inc.'s "IFA Member Monday"
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January 2015 -
Young Chefs Academy Sees 2015 as a Year of Growth
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October 2014 -
Meet the Local Contenders of Master Chef Jr. Season 2 (Josh, YCA Student of Forest Hills, is a Contender for Season 2)
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December 2013 - Win a Full Year Membership with YCA@Home
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October 2013 - “Young Chefs Academy Brings a Culinary Adventure to Your Doorstep”
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August 2013 - “YCA Partners with Food Network Magazine for a Second Year!”
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September 2012-14 - Food Network MagazineFall & Spring Open House Recap
Fall 2012 Recap   Spring 2013 Recap   Fall 2014 Recap

September 2012-14 - Food Network Magazine
Kids Edition

April 2012 - Parenting Magazine
"More For Mom"

August 2011 - Parenting Magazine
"More For Mom"

August 2011 - Kids Are Taking Over the Kitchen on September 13, 2011
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August 2011 - Young Chefs Academy Announces the "Kids Take Over the Kitchen" Photo Contest Winner for 2011
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June 2011 - Chicago Tribune
Under a sharp eye, kids can cut it in the kitchen
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June 2010 - Bread Art Project
Young Chefs Academy worked with The Grain Foods Foundation and Share Our Strength to help increase awareness of the growing hunger problem in our country one slice of Bread Art at a time.

April 2010 - Parents Magazine
Young Chefs Academy chosen among the "Top 10 Best Birthday Party" Chains by Parents Magazine
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April 2010 - K+BB Magazine
Make the kitchen a safe place for young chefs
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Young Chefs Academy Stars!

The Young Chefs Academy Franchise Cooks Up 4 Reality T.V. Stars on FOX's MasterChef Junior, Food Network's Chopped Jr., & TNT's On The Menu!

Stating the glaring obvious, we are into cooking shows around here. Iron Chef, Cupcake Wars, Unwrapped, Rachael, Top Chef… we watch them, record them, and discuss them all on a regular basis. You can imagine how proud we are to report we have had three students and one franchise owner on three of the most exciting cooking shows on TV!...

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Fabulous Female Franchise Founders:  Recipe for Success

Making a difference in children's lives

“In order to be able to work on your business, you have to work in it,” states Julie Burleson, founder & CEO of Young Chefs Academy (YCA) after two months of fully operating a company-owned store.  She calls it one of the best things she’s ever done.

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7 Powerful Lessons Kids Can Teach Us About Entrepreneurship

YCA Founder, Julie Burleson shares how starting a business is like starting a family.

“When you fall off your bike, the best thing you can do is get back on.” Little gems like this are so familiar to each of us. These life lessons are passed down from generation to generation,...

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YCA of Frisco Cooking Up Lessons in Life

Franchise owner, Nora Lerner, shares her journey in choosing YCA as her franchise concept of choice.

"I have been cooking all my life," Wachter-Lerner says, so YCA was a clear choice.  But what she especially liked was how the Academy's curriculum "doesn't stop at teaching kids how to cook.  It opens the door to a new world of emotional and intellectual maturity for our students." 

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Young Chefs Academy Joins Cooking Legends on The Chew!

YCA Junior Chef student, Kaitlyn, shows her creative talent and skill on The Chew

At Young Chefs Academy, we know that there are no limits to what kids can do when equipped with solid skills, encouragement and a free sense of creativity. One of our students, Kaitlyn, was recently featured on ABC’s The Chew alongside celebrity chefs and TV personalities Mario Batali, Carla Hall,...

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Young Chefs Academy & Food Network Magazine Partner to Host "Back to School" Events

For the forth year in a row, children and parents are invited for hands-on discovery at their local YCA.

This fall, parents and their children will discover their creative culinary side during the Young Chefs Academy "Back to School" open house events. Announced today, Young Chefs Academy is partnering with Food Network Magazine

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Our Partners

Our Young Chefs® Academy Partners share the same philosophy as Julie Burleson, our Co-Founder. They believe that at Young Chefs® Academy, it’s all about building relationships. The moment a child walks through our doors at Young Chefs® Academy, they will feel like they are walking into their own kitchen. Because it IS their own kitchen! Our Young Chef members will be greeted by a friendly staff member who greets each child by name and with a smile on their face. And just as important, we are cultivating a love and appreciation for cooking with our students that will result in a healthy relationship with cooking and cuisine to last a lifetime.

Young Chefs Academy is proud to partner with the number one culinary magazine sold at news stands today!

As featured in the the first-ever Food Network kids-themed magazine in 2012, Young Chefs Academy locations across the United States have been bringing the “Food Network Magazine Kids” edition to life with fun and interactive experiences for four years in a row! Beginning August 13, 2012, families visit their local YCA for a host of Food Network fun! The "Food Network Magazine Back to School Open House Event" feature:

  • Cooking stations
  • Back-to-school snack-making
  • Hands-on games and activities
  • Sweepstakes prizes
  • Sponsor samples and more!

Food Network Magazine is the only magazine in the epicurean category to offer unprecedented access to many of America's favorite TV chefs and reflects the fun, playful sensibility of the Food Network. Each issue features various Food Network talent throughout its pages, plus a behind-the-scenes look at their shows and kitchens. In addition, the magazine showcases great kitchen tools, food products, new restaurants, original recipes and the best food across America. Food Network Magazine appeals to food lovers and Food Network fans of all ages and culinary abilities, offering pages of accessible recipes and tips on entertaining.

Fun with Young Chefs Academy and Parenting Magazine

Parenting Magazine and Young Chefs Academy have worked closely together over the years to bring some exciting programs to kids and their families. We have developed new opportunities to work together with some of today's top children's products. With holiday programs such as the "Kids, Care and Cook" day to our "Mother's Day Brunch" event, YCA locations participated in bringing a fun and unique experience to families in their communities.

We recently worked with Parenting Magazine and Kraft Singles at the YCA in Forest Hills, NY in creating three fun, kid-friendly videos showing ways parents can cook with their kids in their own home!


Young Chefs Academy Joins Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale

Share Our Strength, a national campaign that mobilizes people of all ages to help end childhood hunger in America by holding bake sales in their communities. Funds raised are granted to local organization that work to support programs for low-income families. Since 2003, the campaign has raised over $3 million and engaged more than 1 million people in baking, selling, or buying goods. Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is supported by Food Network, the campaign's national television partner. For more information or to participate, please visit your local Young Chefs Academy!

Young Chefs Academy was honored to be chosen among the "Top 10 Best Birthday Party" Chains by Parents Magazine in 2010.

Based on a exclusive national survey of birthday party packages offered by national chains, Parents magazine revealed YCA among its "10 Best Birthday Chains" for 2010. Parents surveyed the birthday party packages offered by national chains to assess which offer the most entertaining, unique and personalized experience at a reasonable price. Click here to read more.

Parents, published monthly by Meredith Corporation, has been America's #1 family magazine for more than 80 years. Since its inception in 1926, it has been a trusted source by every generation of parents. Currently, the magazine is a powerful community of nearly 16 million readers devoted to supporting the efforts of parents, educators and other citizens who strive to make the world a better place for our children. Parents can be found online at

Disney Pixar Ratatouille


Young Chefs Academy celebrated the opening of Disney/Pixar's "Ratatouille", last summer's most original animated comedy about a rat named Remy who dreamt of becoming a great French chef!As a promotional partner, Young Chefs® Academy helped bring a mouthwatering experience to cities across the country with "The Big Cheese Tour".

This interactive experience was highlighted by games, cooking demonstrations, "making-of" kiosks, and more - including a chance to slide down a 25' cheese slide!

Each participating Young Chefs® Academy featured Ratatouille theme parties, plus thrilling prizes!