Kids in the Kitchen: Young Chefs Academy


It’s not every Saturday Official Kids Mag gets to crash a cooking party and watch more than 20 kids making Quiche Lorraine, broccoli cheddar soup, apple cider with homemade whipped cream and chocolate chip cookies, but we did. And we had some great fun doing it!

Young Chefs Academy® kids were busy presenting their culinary skills and trying to get the next badge for cooking classes. The best part was watching them have fun while cooking.

The kids under 7 years old made broccoli cheddar soup, apple cider, and homemade whipped cream. In less than 60 minutes the soup was on!

The older kids worked in teams like well-oiled machines! Mixing pastry dough, cracking eggs, and grating cheese all came together for them. Official Kids Mag enjoyed the smell of freshly baked quiche.

Did you know?

Although quiche is now a classic dish of French cuisine, quiche originated in Germany, in the medieval kingdom of Lothringen, under German rule, and which the French later renamed Lorraine. The word ‘quiche’ is from the German ‘Kuchen’, meaning cake. The original ‘quiche Lorraine’ was an open pie with a filling consisting of an egg and cream custard with smoked bacon. It was only later that cheese was added to the quiche Lorraine. Add onions and you have quiche Alsacienne. The bottom crust was originally made from bread dough, but that has long since evolved into a short-crust or puff pastry crust.

And who can resist chocolate chip cookies? These kids are learning how easy it is to make delicious food, and Official Kids Mag wants to thank them for sharing the fun.

Young Chefs Academy® has a YCA MasterChef program where kids earn patches to display on their chef’s jacket. These kids are serious about honing their culinary skills and take assessments to work their way to a black MasterChef jacket.

Young Chefs Academy® is run by Alfonso and Mary Vidal, and signing up for classes is easy. Call 479-401-2006 or stop by the academy at 5208 Village Parkway, Suite 6 in Rogers.