Young Chefs Academy is a cooking school created just for kids, where children learn cooking and baking techniques, proper food handling, food preparation, and presentation, as well as kitchen safety, table setting, and manners. The Academy offers a variety of hands-on cooking classes, including mini-camps and field trips. The atmosphere is kid-friendly, with colorful cabinets, counters, cutting boards, and bathrooms (to encourage cleanliness!) inviting even the youngest kids to get busy in the kitchen. Parents are welcome to stay and observe, and even taste the end product of their childrens' efforts. Instructors follow concise, clever lesson plans and must know the two C's (cooking and children) and be good with both. During classes, kids are encouraged to ask questions, express their likes and dislikes, and grow confident in their cooking skills. Each session's recipes are provided to students, with places to make comments on the back (what they might change next time, how highly they rate the taste, etc.). Those those who sign up for a class series get their own recipe binder, chefs hat, and apron to continue their gastronomic explorations at home. Birthday parties are one and a half hours long, and guests participate in real hands-on cooking activities. Most Academy locations offer at least two birthday packages; contact the Academy regarding offerings and current pricing. Camp-Can-I-Cook is offered every summer, for young chefs ages five through 15. Sessions combine art, cooking, and exercise. Mini-holiday and school break camps are also offered. A retail section in the location offers chef accessories, t-shirts, and cooking-themed gifts to go along with gift certificates, which are available for purchase and are location-specific.