Little Kitchen Academy, the Montessori-inspired cooking academy for children, has announced its Texas development deal, which should return around 75 locations across the state. This mark’s the brand’s entry into the state, and will focus on the cities of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, with a flagship location planned for Houston. The brand will partner with Wonderful Chaos Kitchen, LLC, and brand expansion will be led by Bill Duffy. He will work 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 first-hand 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.”
Wonderful Chaos Kitchen, LLC brings over 50 years of experience in franchising in Texas, and especially in restaurant, retail, and multi-unit development. They are looking forward to the positive impact the brand could have on Texan children.
“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.”
“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.”