First-of-its-Kind, Montessori-inspired Little Kitchen Academy Creates a Foundation for a Healthy Life by Teaching Practical Life Skills and Responsible Eating Choices in a Safe and Joyful Environment.
Little Kitchen Academy, the first-of-its-kind, Montessori-inspired cooking academy for children ages three through teen, is expanding with their newest franchise deal for a location in North Vancouver, opening in summer/fall 2021, the latest development in the company’s ambitious growth plan for global expansion. Just like the flagship location in Vancouver, which successfully opened its doors in June 2019, the North Vancouver location will focus on providing a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop, and refine their senses.
Atussa Herovi, a teacher, mother of two teenagers, and long-time North Shore resident is the North Vancouver franchisee. “I’m thrilled to join the Little Kitchen Academy Community,” said Atussa. “When I first heard about Little Kitchen Academy, I wished it was around when my kids were younger! The fun, unique and inspiring environment truly intrigued me. I immediately knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. As a teacher, I love working with children and teaching them practical life skills. I’m so excited to bring Little Kitchen Academy to North Vancouver!”
The new location will follow the modern, innovative, signature LKA design, complete with a hand washing centre, 10 individual cooking stations (aka Little Kitchens) that are physically distanced appropriately, each with its own oven, cooktop, sink, prep table, mixer, and all the equipment and utensils, which are meticulously kept cleaned and commercially sanitized between each class, needed to make the “from scratch” creations. The new location also will include other brand signature items including — the ChopValue community table made of more than 33,000 recycled chopsticks, for students to enjoy their creations at the close of every lesson (which will be temporarily enjoyed at our individual workstations due to increased safety measures), Emeco chairs made of recycled plastic bottles, and an eye-catching living food wall, powered by AeroGarden, for students to grow and harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs for their creations. For a virtual taste of our environment, check out Welcome To Our Kitchen.
“We are delighted to bring this gift to the community of North Vancouver. What our students learn at LKA is more important than ever. Learning the foundation for a healthy lifespan through responsible eating choices is so important and we’re glad that we can provide a safe, inspiring, and empowering environment for children to identify, develop, and refine their senses,” said Brian Curin, CEO of Little Kitchen Academy. “We know that the most important part of our success is having the right people at the table, which is why we’re so grateful to have Atussa joining us on our journey in changing lives from scratch.”
“By empowering children with practical life skills and knowledge in a positive and joyful environment, we are impacting positive lifestyle changes that result in a more independent, healthier, and joyful child,” said Felicity Curin, Founder of Little Kitchen Academy. “We were inspired by Atussa’s passion for education and the excitement she feels about working with children of all ages. We have people asking us all the time when we will be opening a location in North Vancouver, so we’re excited to tell them it is coming in 2021, and that we have the right person to bring our vision to that community.”
Little Kitchen Academy sessions run year-round and focus on seasonal, locally grown and organic produce and ingredients, with classes running three hours in length and are taught by age group by three instructors, who can host up to 10 students per class. The learning begins as soon as students enter the “for student chefs only” environment, where they learn and practice proper hand washing. Each student dons a LKA chef coat by Chef Works and a fitted pair of BIRKENSTOCK kitchen shoes (two of several global brand partners) to begin their personalized cooking journey, which includes experimenting with math and science concepts; testing one’s reading skills; understanding proper surface sanitization; learning social etiquette and table manners while enjoying a meal together; and learning sustainable decision making as students learn about local, in-season, and organic produce, in a safe and empowering environment that promotes a circular economy.
Potential franchisees who share the company’s purpose, vision and values can learn more at littlekitchenacdemy.com
About Little Kitchen Academy
Little Kitchen Academy (LKA) is the first-of-its-kind, Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teen, focused on providing a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop and refine their senses. Based in Vancouver, Canada, the concept was co-founded by proven global brand and franchise expert and serial entrepreneur Brian Curin, his wife, Montessori-trained, culinary expert and visionary Felicity Curin, and social impact investor and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney, on the belief that by empowering children with practical life skills and knowledge in a positive and joyful environment, they and their company will affect positive lifestyle changes that result in a healthier world. True to its mission, LKA 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. LKA has forged strategic global partnerships with Iron Chef Cat Cora, AeroGarden, BIRKENSTOCK, ChefWorks, Emeco, ChopValue, Welcome Industries, and Location3. Little Kitchen Academy’s flagship venue is located at 3744 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver, BC.