Little Kitchen Academy (LKA), a Montessori-inspired cooking academy for children ages three to teens based in Vancouver, announced that three locations will open in the state of Michigan under an agreement with local franchisees Greg and Meg Kevane.
The couple plan to open the first location in Birmingham this fall, followed by Ann Arbor and Farmington Hills. The Kevanes currently own and operate four Goldfish swim schools in the area.
“When we heard about the Little Kitchen Academy, we knew it was something we wanted to be a part of and that we were the right people to bring this goal-oriented concept to Michigan,” says Meg Kevane.
The concept was co-founded by serial entrepreneur Brian Curin; his wife Felicity Curin, a Montessori-trained culinary expert; and social impact investor and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney, convinced that by giving children practical skills and knowledge in a positive and joyful environment, they and their business will affect positive lifestyle changes that will result in a world healthier.
LKA states that its goal is to create a more educated, capable and healthy society through healthy and conscious food choices, and is committed to changing lives from zero to consumption.
Part of that mission is to empower students to learn how to make the world a better place through How Can I Help by Little Kitchen Academy, LKA’s flagship philanthropic program that supports Chefs for Humanity, The Global FoodBanking Network and Kids Help. Phone.
“We are thrilled to have such an amazing family bring Little Kitchen Academy to Michigan,” said Brian Curin, co-founder, co-CEO and president of LKA. “In addition to being exceptional business owners with a proven track record of success, they are great people who are passionate about empowering children to learn life skills.”
This new agreement brings the total number of LKA sites in development to 146, towards the company’s goal of 423 worldwide by the end of 2025. The company currently has six sites open in North America and additional to come, including LKA Bridgeport Village, the company’s second location. in the United States, which will open in Portland this spring.
“We have so much experience in the field of child enrichment and know how important learning practical skills like swimming and cooking are for a child’s development,” says Greg Kevane. “We see this as an incredible opportunity to diversify our business while sharing the gift of Little Kitchen Academy with Michigan.”