Young Chefs Academy of Richmond

Our weekly classes are designed to help young chefs explore cuisines while building upon basic skills.

Teaching children and teens the joy and value of cooking across the globe in a welcoming environment that sparks creativity, ignites taste buds, and builds culinarily skills that will last a lifetime all while having FUN! While learning food preparation skills is the main ingredient at Young Chefs, each class adds a heap of kitchen safety, a scoop of etiquette, a handful of table setting, a pinch

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What do you get when National Selfie Day AND National Smoothie Day fall on the same date? SMELFIE Day! ๐Ÿง‹๐Ÿ“ฑ What a delicious and fun way to enjoy warmer weather and good times with friends. Share a selfie or smoothie recipe in the comments. ๐Ÿ‘‡


At Young Chefsยฎ Academy, every child who is exposed to the YCAโ„ข experience is positively impacted in a way that broadens their culinary knowledge, builds their self-esteem, teaches teamwork, increases worldly knowledge, and encourages appreciation for cultural diversity. ๐Ÿฅ˜๐ŸŒŽ

Our well-rounded curriculum creates a stepping stone to spark interests of future ventures in the minds of every student! โญ


Happy Fatherโ€™s Day! ๐Ÿงก

โ€œThe thrill of being a great father is not seeing your children go on to become successful adults. The thrill of a great father is the journey, experiencing your childโ€™s successes along the pathway to their greatness.โ€ โ€”Reed Markham


๐ŸŽ‰ Whether itโ€™s a birthday or another special occasion, bring your friends and celebrate with a one-of-a-kind party experience at Young Chefsยฎ Academy!

๐Ÿฅณ Youโ€™ll enjoy fun, interactive activities guaranteed to entertain and engage all party guests โ€“ and mom and dad wonโ€™t be stuck with the clean-up!

๐Ÿง We provide โ€œALL-INCLUSIVEโ€ party packages where you supply the chefs and we supply the rest! Contact your local Young Chefs Academy to learn more:


๐Ÿฅ— Cooking clean and green doesnโ€™t mean sacrificing flavor...on the contrary! When prepared properly, fresh vegetables and fruits are not only healthy but also tasty, like this delicious Watermelon, Corn and Mango Salad. Give it a try and let us know what you think! ๐Ÿ‰๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅญ


On National Childrenโ€™s Day, and every day, we celebrate our amazing students and budding young chefs! From mastering basic recipes to creating their own culinary masterpieces, these young minds have shown that anything is possible with dedication and hard work.


Happy ! ๐Ÿ˜€ Young Chefsยฎ๏ธ Academy has the perfect recipe for making new friends or having fun with your best friend! CREATE together, have FUN together, and GROW together as YCAโ„ข members. ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Learn more at


At Young Chefsยฎ๏ธ Academy, we know that cooking leaves a positive lasting impact. At the heart of our mission, we focus on empowering kids with essential life skills that strengthen social connections in class, at home, and beyond.


๐Ÿง€ Happy National Cheese Day! Whatโ€™s your favorite cheese to cook with?


Summer is heating up at Young Chefsยฎ Academy! ๐ŸŒž Our culinary camps are filling up fast. Reserve your young chefโ€™s spot before weโ€™re booked up! โฑ Find a location near you:


๐ŸŒโœจ Cooking isn't just about creating delicious dishes; it's about embracing cultural diversity and celebrating the rich tapestry of flavors that make our world so vibrant! ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰

So let's sprinkle a little extra spice into our lives, shall we? Let's explore new flavors, swap recipes, and share in the joy of cooking with friends and family from all corners of the globe. Because when we come together around the dinner table, we're not just sharing a meal; we're celebrating the beautiful diversity that makes our world a more flavorful place. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฒ


This Memorial Day, Young Chefs Academy honors and remembers all those who have served our country with bravery and sacrifice. ๐ŸŒŸ
Today, we pay tribute to the fallen, salute the veterans, and hold their families close in our hearts. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your unwavering commitment to our nation. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ


๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿณ Cooking isn't just about making meals; it's a recipe for improving reading skills too! Check out how:

โ€ข ๐Ÿ“– Following recipes boosts comprehension skills.
โ€ข ๐Ÿ“š Expands vocabulary with new culinary terms.
โ€ข ๐ŸŽจ Immersive learning makes words stick.
โ€ข ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ Visual aids enhance understanding.
โ€ข ๐Ÿ’ก Problem-solving hones critical thinking.

Cook up some literacy skills in the kitchen today! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿณ


๐Ÿฅš Let's crack open the shell and talk about the unsung heroes of the breakfast table: EGGS! ๐Ÿณ

Did you know that eggs are like nature's multivitamin? Yup, they're packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals, making them a powerhouse of nutrition! ๐Ÿ’ช But here's the real kicker: Do you know why brown eggs are sometimes more expensive than white ones? ๐Ÿค” Let's crack the case together!

Drop your guesses in the comments below, and let's see who can crack this egg-cellent mystery! ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿ’ฌ


๐Ÿ• Let's celebrate National Pizza Party Day in style! ๐ŸŽ‰
Join us for a hands-on pizza-making extravaganza where you'll learn to craft your very own delicious masterpiece from scratch! ๐Ÿ•โœจ

From kneading the dough to crafting your own pizza design, you'll become a pizza pro in no time๐ŸŒŸ

So gather your friends and family, roll up your sleeves, and let's turn this special occasion into a pizza-making party to remember! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ•


๐ŸŒŸ Let's talk about the magic of cooking and how it can sprinkle a little extra confidence into your life! โœจ

๐Ÿฅฃ Cooking isn't just about following a recipe; it's about taking control in the kitchen, making decisions, and seeing the delicious results of your efforts. With each meal you whip up, you're not just feeding your body, you're nourishing your soul and boosting your self-esteem along the way.

๐Ÿ”ฅ From mastering a tricky technique to improvising with whatever ingredients you have on hand, every challenge you tackle in the kitchen is a victory. And with each victory, your confidence grows, spilling over into other areas of your life.


๐ŸŒธ Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing moms out there, from your Young Chefs Academy family! ๐ŸŒŸ

Whether you're a kitchen whiz or just love taste-testing our creations, thank you for always cheering us on and filling our lives with love. Today, we celebrate YOU and all the incredible ways you make our world brighter. Here's to the best chef, teacher, and superhero we know - our MOMS! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ


๐Ÿฝ๏ธ New Recipes & Experiences Every Week! ๐Ÿ“† Our summer culinary camp is a journey of discovery. Secure your child's spot early and ensure they don't miss out on a single culinary adventure! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ


To all the incredible teachers shaping minds and hearts every day, thank you for your dedication, passion, and endless inspiration. Whether you're teaching math, science, art, or the art of cooking, you're making a difference that lasts a lifetime. Here's to you, educators - you're the real MVPs! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ


Did you know that Cinco de Mayo isn't just about celebrating Mexican culture; it's also a celebration of delicious food traditions? ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Get ready to feast your eyes on these mouthwatering trivia tidbits:

๐ŸŒถ๏ธ Fact #1: The world's largest serving of guacamole was made on Cinco de Mayo in 2018! It weighed a whopping 6,700 pounds - that's a whole lot of avocados! ๐Ÿฅ‘

๐ŸŒฎ Fact #2: While tacos are a beloved Mexican dish, their origin is a bit of a mystery. Some believe they date back to the 18th century, while others trace them back even further to the time of the Aztecs!

๐Ÿฅ‘ So, as you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, remember to raise a taco to the rich culinary heritage of Mexico and indulge in all the delicious flavors it has to offer! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒฎ


๐ŸŒŸ Build Unforgettable Culinary Adventures! ๐ŸŒŸ Don't miss out on a summer packed full of culinary knowledge, fun, and unforgettable experiences. Secure your child's spot now! ๐Ÿฐ๐ŸŽ‰


๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Let's raise our spatulas and celebrate National Small Business Week! ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ As a small business dedicated to nurturing young talent in the kitchen, we're grateful for your support. Together, we're cooking up something special! ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ


๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ It's National Student Leadership Day! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅ„ Young chefs, remember that leadership starts in the kitchen. Take charge, experiment fearlessly, and inspire others with your culinary creativity! ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ”ฅ


๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿด Happy World Creativity and Innovation Day! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿณ Young chefs, let your imagination run wild in the kitchen. Mix flavors, experiment with ingredients, and create culinary masterpieces that dazzle the senses! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ


๐ŸŒŸ Did you know? ๐ŸŒŸ

Cooking isn't just about making mealsโ€”it's an amazing childhood enrichment activity that engages ALL the senses! ๐Ÿณ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘…

๐Ÿ‘€ Seeing vibrant colors
๐Ÿ‘‚ Hearing sizzling sounds
๐Ÿ‘ƒ Smelling aromatic spices
๐Ÿ‘‹ Touching various textures
๐Ÿ‘… Tasting delicious results

This multi-sensory experience not only makes cooking fun but also boosts cognitive development and fosters a deeper connection to food! ๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŽ‰


๐ŸŒŸ Don't Miss Out! Spaces are filling quickly for our Summer Culinary Camp! ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Secure your spot today and savor a summer of flavor, friendship, and fun. Register now!


๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ Chef Tip: Want to add an extra pop of flavor to your dishes? Try incorporating fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, or mint! Not only do they elevate the taste, but they also add a vibrant touch to your presentation. ๐ŸŒฟโœจ


The countdown is ON! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Summer is just around the corner and that means that Summer Culinary Camp will be here before you know it. Each day of camp is filled with fun, hands-on adventures as we build upon new culinary skills and techniques. Our experienced staff is ready to deliver a well-rounded experience filled with culinary knowledge and fun. Visit our website and sign up for the summer fun!


๐ŸŒ‘๐ŸŽ‰ Eclipse Extravaganza with YCA! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒ‘

The cosmic event of the century is upon us, and we're ready to celebrate in style! ๐Ÿš€โœจ Whether you're directly in the path of totality or catching glimpses from our nearby locations, let's make this eclipse a moment to remember! ๐ŸŒŸ Share your eclipse-viewing setup, your excitement, or even your eclipse-themed snacks with us! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒž Let's light up social media with our cosmic camaraderie! ๐Ÿ”ญโœจ ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒŒ

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Our weekly classes are designed to help young chefs explore cuisines while building upon basic skills. While learning food preparation skills is the main ingredient at Young Chefs, 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.

KinderCooks (Ages 3 to 6)
Offered the 1st Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30

Jr. Chefs (Ages 7 and up)
Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00-11:30am

Sr. Chefs (Ages 13 and up)
Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30pm

Let Young Chefs Academy of Richmond create an unforgettable birthday celebration for your child! A birthday party at Young Chefs is ninety minutes of fun, and the birthday guests will participate in hands-on cooking activities. With our all-inclusive party packages, we handle everything from the invitations to the clean-up. We provide the invitations, food and drink for the children, paper goods and decorations. Each guest receives a recipe card, and the birthday child receives a special gift from us.

Our fun-filled workshops are offered on afternoons, weekends and school breaks. Each FUNshop explores a different theme and gives your child a chance to develop his culinary skills.

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2230 John Rolfe Pkwy
Henrico, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 1pm - 8pm
Tuesday 1am - 8pm
Wednesday 5:30pm - 8pm
Thursday 4pm - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
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