Young Chefs(R) Academy Gets Kids in the Kitchen This October

Franchise Announces Fall and Halloween Cooking Programs

WACO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just in time for Halloween, Young Chefs® Academy announces their culinary classes for the month of October, aimed at getting kids into the spirit of the season in the kitchen. Young Chefs® Academy, a national franchise that offers cooking classes specifically for children, stirs in some imagination by inviting kids to cook with programs created to encompass all the fun of fall's favorite month.

"We're excited to offer our October curriculum to kids and get them excited about cooking with fall flair," said Suzy Vinson Nettles, co-founder of Young Chefs® Academy. "This month's classes will help kids learn some cooking tricks and culinary treats to use and share in the kitchen and beyond."

The October programs will use seasonal themes as backdrops for the cooking and academic skills that each class teaches. Kids can whip up ghoulish creations in a Creepy Cooking class to serve at their Halloween party, including "Coffin Dip" and "Monster Munch." Pumpkin Math highlights the vegetable of the season by including a number of activities that incorporate basic math skills like addition, subtraction, fractions and graphs into weighing, slicing and cooking a pumpkin. A multicultural angle to the month is served in the Oktoberfest classes, where authentic German recipes are cooked.

The overall theme of the October curriculum is "Secret Ingredient," which injects an "Iron Chef" spin into each class with the reveal of a mystery ingredient that must be creatively incorporated into a recipe during a team-style competition.

"Fall is such a great time to get kids excited about learning something new, especially inside the kitchen," said Young Chefs® Academy co-founder Julie Fabing Burleson. "We love having the opportunity to teach kids an important life skill like cooking in a fun, safe, and educational environment."

The October curriculum will be taught at participating Young Chefs® Academy franchises across North America, which offer classes to kids aged five to 14. For more information about this month's classes or to find a franchise nearest you, visit: www.youngchefsacademy.com.

About Young Chefs® Academy:

Started in 2003, Young Chefs® Academy is the country's first national franchise offering cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. With over 100 franchise locations across the United States, YCA gives kids the opportunity to learn the significance of cooking while building self-confidence and improving math, science, reading, social, and social studies skills. While learning food preparation skills is the main ingredient at YCA, each class adds a heap of kitchen safety, a scoop of etiquette, a handful of table setting, a pinch of menu planning, and laughter to taste.

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