Little Kitchen Academy Announces Texas-Sized Expansion
Montessori-inspired cooking academy is poised to change lives from scratch, bringing 75 locations to the Lone Star State
June 10, 2022 // Franchising.com // VANCOUVER, B.C. - With the increasing demand for a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop, and refine their senses - Little Kitchen Academy, the Montessori-inspired cooking academy - has announced its Texas development deal. The brand’s first entry in the Lone Star state, Little Kitchen Academy is set to develop 75 locations across Texas, focusing on key markets including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, with the flagship location planned for Austin later this year. Partnering with the all-star team at Wonderful Chaos Kitchen, LLC, Little Kitchen Academy’s expansion will be led by Bill Duffy, boasting over a decade of franchise experience, alongside Josh Cole, Justin Stone, Raymond Yee, Yehuda Haziza, Tim Kurtz, and Matt Powell.
“I first heard about Little Kitchen Academy through Caroline Irving, LKA Ontario Development Partner, after she announced that she was developing the concept in Toronto and throughout Ontario. I decided to inquire more, ultimately flying out to Vancouver to meet with Little Kitchen Academy team and see firsthand how the brand was changing lives,” said Duffy. “The environment was like nothing I had ever seen before, allowing children to experiment and learn in their own way, not by the standardized measures we so often see. At one point, students put bowls on top of their heads because they simply wanted to see what they could do with it. In that moment, I knew I was sold.”
The team behind Wonderful Chaos Kitchen, LLC is excited to draw on their roots in Texas to help their franchise partners succeed. Together, their team offers over 50 years of experience in franchising, both as franchisees and franchisors, specializing in restaurant, retail, and multi-unit development across the Lone Star state. They are eager to bring a concept that will improve the wellbeing of the communities it serves, as their team is deeply fond of Texas and wants to provide this exceptional opportunity to children throughout the state.
“We are thrilled to join the Little Kitchen Academy team as it serves those on ‘both sides of the counter,’ meaning staff and students alike are excited to be a part of this experience. It was important to us to partner with a concept that’s not only successful but would resonate with our values,” said Duffy. “Little Kitchen Academy is so much more than just a cooking school, it’s an opportunity to give the next generation the tools they need to succeed. A big factor that attracted us to this concept was their charitable work and social impact, which is something that we’re thrilled to bring to communities across Texas.”
True to its mission, Little Kitchen Academy lives to create a more educated, able, and healthy society through mindful, healthy eating choices, and is committed to changing lives, from scratch to consumption. Part of that mission includes empowering students to learn how they can make the world a better place through How Can I Help by Little Kitchen Academy, LKA’s signature philanthropic program, and by supporting Crisis Text Line, The Global FoodBanking Network, Kids Help Phone, and One Tree Planted. Wonderful Chaos Kitchen, LLC is eager to partake in the concept’s efforts charitable work, looking to work with underserved communities utilizing this first-of-its-kind approach to child development.
“Sharing the gift of LKA with Bill and his team to lead the development throughout the great state of Texas will give more children the environment they need to gain independence and valuable life skills,” said Brian Curin, co-founder, co-CEO, and president of Little Kitchen Academy. “The caliber of this group is not only measured by the successes of their business endeavors, but their commitment to the communities they serve. We are honored to be changing lives from scratch with them throughout Texas.”
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