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Iron Chef Cat Cora & LKA Founder, Felicity Curin


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little kitchen academy strategic partnerships

diverse backgrounds + quality expertise

Great brands are like great meals. If you have the right people at the table, it makes for an extraordinary experience. At Little Kitchen Academy, we have like-minded, passionate, experienced individuals and companies seated at our table. Together we are “Changing Lives from Scratch!”

Iron Chef Cat Cora

Little Kitchen Academy has created a number of strategic partnerships that enable the Academy to offer an authentic, sustainable experience. One of those partnerships is with world-renowned chef, best-selling author and restauranteur Cat Cora. Cat Cora made television history when she became the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit show: Iron Chef America. She also became the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame, went on to cook at two 3-star Michelin restaurants in France, is the founder of her own non-profit charitable organization, Chefs for Humanity, and a judge on ABC’s Family Food Fight.  Cora, a proud mother of six boys, has dedicated herself to educational nutrition and engaging children in the kitchen. “Helping children make healthy food choices is an essential ingredient for instilling good habits for a lifetime,” says Cora.

Cora’s partnership with Little Kitchen Academy is a natural fit for the dedicated mom of six. “I’m all about family, food and love,” says Cora. “When I was presented with Little Kitchen Academy’s concept and Felicity’s vision it made perfect sense; it mirrors my vision for our kids’ future with food.”  Cora is Little Kitchen Academy’s Official Ambassador, Honorary Head of Recipe Development, and Advisory Board Member.



BIRKENSTOCK is LKA’s global footwear partner.  BIRKENSTOCK kitchen shoes are known throughout the culinary industry as the #1 best footwear choice for culinary activities focused on comfort, safety, and durability. All LKA Staff are required to wear BIRKENSTOCK in our kitchens and students will be offered the non-slip shoes when they step into our kitchen to give them a try. An added bonus, BIRKENSTOCK shoes are durable and therefore sustainable by nature. The German-based company also acquires a high proportion of its natural materials, including cork, jute, leather, wool felt, from sustainable sources.

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Vancouver-based ChopValue has created a new and innovative high-performance material for commercial and residential spaces made entirely from recycled chopsticks. ChopValue’s goal is to prove that a circular economy can be the standard in communities everywhere. ChopValue as LKA’s global partner has created a proprietary designed LKA community table made of 33,436 recycled chopsticks. It is a focal point of our environment and the place our students gather to share a meal at the end of each class.

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Hanover, Pennsylvania, based Emeco began by making recycled aluminum chairs for United States Navy warships during World War II.  The chairs, once produced out of utility, are now both sustainable and iconic. As LKA’s global partner, you will find Emeco dining chairs grouped around our community dining table where students gather to share a meal at the end of every class. The chairs we have selected are produced in partnership with Coca-Cola and are each made of a minimum of 111 recycled plastic bottles.

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When you first walk into our teaching environment you will be struck by our dynamic and beautiful LKA Food Wall full of live, growing, in-season produce. The California-based company distributes flexible and cost-effective green wall systems that add an element of curiosity and empowerment to the Little Kitchen Academy classroom experience. The proprietary LKA Food Wall is one of our budding chefs’ first stops in our kitchens.  Students are encouraged to select their own vegetables, fruits, and herbs straight off the LKA Food Wall. We believe the experience of growing and selecting “from scratch” ingredients will challenge our students to ask where their food comes from and make more mindful and responsible choices for a healthy life.

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