Designed for those younger foodies, ages 9-14, who are interested in becoming more proficient and self-assured in cooking and the culinary arts, our Junior Chefs Academy
offers a more complete program
just for this age group and skill level.


We’ve listened as these young folks have told us that they want MORE classes and MORE hands-on activities and MORE serious, fundamental, and just plain “grown-up” topics. So, as you would expect from us, we put together such a program.

Get ready for Saucemaking, Knife Skills & Kitchen Safety, Breadmaking, Market Fresh Cooking, BBQ and so much more! We would like to create a special relationship with these young folks who we see so often in our kitchens ...  and that’s what this new program is designed to do. In addition to making real cooks out of these young people, they will also build important relationship skills in the kitchen which adds to their resume of life experiences.

A one-time membership fee of $100 in the Junior Chefs Academy
includes the following membership rewards:

  • An official CCKC Chef’s Jacket to wear proudly in your classes at The Culinary Center or to cook at home for your friends and family. (You may have your child’s name or nickname embroidered on this jacket for a small additional fee.)

  • Special coupons & discounts for JCA merchandise as well as culinary events throughout the year.

  • Junior Chefs Academy “Members Only” events.

  • JCA Recipe of the Month designed specifically for young chefs.

  • Specialized patch/pin for each Junior Chef course completed to add to their Chef’s Jacket.

Members earning 10 patches/pins receive a $10 gift card for our culinary retail store, The Kitchen Shop.


Members earning 25 patches/pins receive: 

  • A framed Young Chefs Academy certificate signed by our CCKC Head Chef
  • A free cooking class of their choice *
  • The honor of being Junior Chef for a Day at The Culinary Center of Kansas City **

* Free cooking class will be age appropriate for the student, based on availability

** Junior Chef for a Day will be a 4-hour day selected by the JCA member but agreed upon by the office staff at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. The Junior Chef will assist our chefs with classes, events or preparations during that day.


PLEASE NOTE:  Any class in our schedule designated as a Junior Chef Academy class ("JCA") can be taken by any child age 9-14 -- you don't need to be a member of our JCA program to take the class.  If you do, however, you will receive the items above.

Ask about our special JCA Gift Packet

if you'd like to give this membership as a gift

to your favorite aspiring young chef.

(fee is $100 plus tax)

Junior Chefs Academy™ is a service mark and trademark of The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
Unauthorized use is prohibited.

The Culinary Center of Kansas City®

Located in Historic Downtown Overland Park 

7920 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204

Phone: 913-341-4455

Fax: 913-341-5070


Kitchen Shop Hours:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
12 - 4 p.m.


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To consistently exceed client expectations and enrich our community by providing education and appreciation for the culinary arts through a variety of experiences including cooking classes, interactive culinary experiences and creative catered events, all of which are brilliantly conceived, precisely and joyously executed in an immaculate and comfortable environment.

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