A message from our founder about why CCI is so important! Take a minute and listen!
I’m excited to learn you may be interested in teaching children to cook from your home or community kitchen. I have been doing this for years and have not only learned the ins and outs, but have witnessed countless little ones change from picky eaters to kids who are independent, confident, and willing to try all sorts of new foods and ideas. I’ve compiled a sampling of information from our program that I sending for your review. I have explained how I can help make you a successful instructor. As part of our network program I’ll share some of what I’ve learned and hopefully convey the fun I’ve had creating this program. I want to do everything I can to help you be as successful as possible.
First, let me tell you a bit about how this began. I started off by wanting to become a teacher. As many do, I changed my college major a few times and ended up with a certification in the culinary arts. After several events and dinners, I learned the field of catering (which to that point had sounded to me like an endless party) wasn’t as much fun as I had imagined. I also felt the high-pressure work of a chef in a restaurant wasn’t for me. As time passed and we had children, I often found myself in the kitchen surrounded by one or more of them and many times even their friends. It seemed natural to entertain them by having them help cook something fun and delicious.
It turns out they absolutely loved it! Friends were surprised how well my little ones knew their way around the kitchen and began asking me to teach their children as well. I sat down and committed to paper what I had been doing. I quickly realized how my studies to become a teacher and my certification as a chef came together to help create a great teaching plan. My experience as a mom taught me how to motivate the children, encourage, and reward them. All of these elements have turned into what many have told me is an “amazing” program.
When I first began teaching organized classes, I would spend hours developing just one lesson. I’d stay up late into the night considering the point and direction the lesson should follow, what the individual children should be able to do at their specific ages, and what culinary skill was to be taught for each recipe. I then had to figure out how to fit all of it into a 45 minute class period. As you might imagine, this was a very labor intensive process. This program has all of that done for you! All you need is to do is print the lesson, buy the ingredients, and teach!
As a military spouse I’ve had the opportunity to start and pass this business on to friends as we have moved from location to location. Although always sad to go, I’ve loved the idea of passing the baton for others to continue to carry. Not all of our new program leaders were parents and none of them were certified chefs, but with careful attention to the instructions and a little help from the network, they have all been successful using the curriculum. They each developed their own schedule that worked for them and their families, and brought in a decent monthly salary without subtracting significantly from other things they loved to do.
After a successful initial launch primarily amongst friends and acquaintances, I am now opening the opportunity nationwide to those who would like to become part of the “Children’s Culinary Institute.” You too can benefit from our established good name and ideas from thousands of our followers. Please contact me if you have further questions. I look forward to discussing with you ways to help establish your own children’s cooking classes, and having you join our team of culinary enthusiasts and budding junior chefs.
Founder, Children’s Culinary Institute
Suggested Optional Training -
Local Food handlers license
*Kids Nutrition Specialist Course
Child and Youth Cooking Instructors Certification
( https://www.classmarker.com/online-test/start/?quiz=hp356cb1844856d1 )
Standard First Aid
Benefits of a children’s cooking school
Since in recent years schools across the nation have suffered through budget cuts, classes such as Home Economics once a staple, haven’t been available in many places. Several reports point to this being at least a partial cause of obesity problems in our children today. Dropping grades and other educational and behavioral problems have been linked to a lack of healthy eating choices. I am happy to know that I can be part of the solution, and am glad to see the movement to educate our children is growing.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of a cooking class geared toward our youth is they actually learn HOW to cook. But on top of this they’ll learn so much more. Cooking with children involves all of the following skills, most of them beneficial to multiple aspects of their everyday lives.
- Nutrition and healthy eating choices
- Hygiene and cleanliness
- Self-confidence and responsibility
- Sense of service and family participation
- Planning and time management
• Kitchen food storage and care
• Willingness to try and enjoy new foods
• Kitchen safety and general situational awareness
• Use of weights and measurement
• Reading and following instructions
• Increased knowledge of where their food originates
Ease of teaching from your own kitchen
If you currently run a home of any size you are already deciding on recipes, generating meal plans, making grocery lists, shopping for ingredients, etc. So this job wouldn’t take away much from what you are already doing. Just think how nice it would be if you could work your job and make dinner at the same time. That’s what this job is! Sure, you might have to be a little more organized, but before long it comes naturally.
When grocery shopping I’ll use half of my cart for my family and the other half with supplies for the school, so I just make one shopping trip each week. For ease of planning, many times I look at what the cooking school kids are making and design my family meals around the same items.
I have four children, some of whom along with their friends love to join my cooking classes. I have enjoyed teaching them and seeing them interact. Of course, you don't have to be a mom to get this benefit. I also have my nieces and nephews visit and take the lessons. If I had grandkids, they would be here too! And the side benefit of having children you know join your classes is that they all have friends. These friendly contacts sometimes generate more business than paid advertising.
Last but not least is your schedule. There is no schedule set by this program that you
need to follow. You simply teach when you want to teach. Just want to work Wednesday’s? Teach a preschool, homeschool and two other cooking classes easily all on Wednesday! Only want to teach one class a week, or only want to work in June? I started out by giving myself a 4-day weekend every week, no classes in July and no classes in December. You increase or decrease your workload by tailoring your schedule as you see fit.
Away-from-home instruction ideas
Most of us already in the program prefer to be in our own home kitchens with all the equipment convenient for use, and be able to be near our families. However, some instructors would rather keep their home and workplaces separate. There is still a place at CCI for you.
I have found success teaching in institutions like community centers, church kitchens, charter schools, and local daycare centers. Many of these places may never have thought to offer these classes. You can present them a full plan with a certified chef and teacher approved curriculum, and in some cases even get hired on as permanent staff. More help with this aspect will be provided in the business section upon purchase of the basic curriculum.
Great business opportunity
Some people are talented with business and some are great with a particular art or skill, but not many are good with both. We have the right combination of experience in different business fields - customer service, cooking and teaching. You can rely on us to help out with the parts that do not come natural to you.
Something to keep in mind is that typically other types of new businesses are rarely expected to make a profit until their third year. You however, are starting a business that already has a foundation and if followed carefully should be making a profit the first year. That said, it would be best to commit to a few years to building your school in order to get the word out and build your customer base to what you want it to be.
We realize changes occur and while you may schedule three years out sometimes life doesn’t adhere to your plans. Your business is sellable. We have a legal re-sale plan that will enable you to pass on all you’ve done to build your school so it can benefit your community for the long term. You can’t sell the curriculum, but if you are moving or for health reasons cannot continue we can always help you legally transfer your business, any equipment and customer base to another qualified instructor.
Start up Costs
Most of our instructors begin with their own equipment that’s already found in their kitchens. So, the biggest up front investment is typically just acquiring the teaching materials. We offer two basic plans - one with Children’s Culinary Institute Network membership and discounted curriculums, and the other with the curriculums alone.
Plan 1 (CCI Network Membership and Curriculum)
Enjoy the benefits linking to our group and tapping into a larger than one small-kitchen business! Join our network for a minimum of 3 years to get the discounted curriculum rates, along with other benefits such as continued company support, updates to lesson guides, new recipes, teaching tips, games, creative business and advertising ideas, networking with other CCI kitchens and classes, access to birthday party and play group programs, etc.
CCI Membership $15/month
Basic Curriculum $500.00
*Advanced Level Curriculum & Team guide $350.00
*Travel Cooking classes $150.00
*Brilliant Bites Nutrition classes $75.00
Preschool Guide FREE
* Optional, only available after basic curriculum purchase
Purchase the advanced curriculum and team guide within the first 3 months of purchasing the basic curriculum and receive a 50% discount (Pay only $175.00).
CCI Network membership is free for the first three months. Experience all the benefits and enjoy the tips and support before you start paying. If you choose to not join the network after three months, the balance of the full price curriculum cost will be due.
Plan 2 (Curriculum Alone)
If desired, you can choose to purchase the curriculum separately. But this comes without the continued access to the CCI Network and benefits such as the use of our logo, website advertisement, social media promotion, and many others described in Plan 1.
Basic Curriculum $1,000.00
*Advanced Level Curriculum & Team guide $800.00
*Traveling Cooking classes $300.00
*Brilliant Bites Nutrition classes $150.00
Preschool guide FREE
* Optional, only available after basic curriculum purchase
Keep in mind the following is just a sample to help you estimate your own income. You decide the amount you wish to charge, and the number of classes you want to teach. Also, your materiel costs may vary slightly depending on where you live.
Let’s say you offer 2 (45 min) classes a day for 5 days a week 40 class/mo
Let’s say your classes have a capacity of 10 students 100 students
Let’s say you charge $40 per student per month $40
(This does not include any profit made from starter kits, special activities, etc.)
Let’s say your monthly costs are similar to mine
(food, insurance, network membership, supplies) -$150
Potential monthly income from teaching the basic curriculum $3,850.00
(Approximately $100 per teaching hour)
Want more? There’s plenty more time in your week to add more classes! Teach our traveling program at daycares and churches. Instruct our nutrition program at schools and sports clubs. The possibilities are endless!
Of course, your classes will likely not be completely full your first few months as you build your program, and perhaps you won’t want to teach five days a week, but you still have the potential to earn a very decent salary. As your calendar evolves and your program expands you will begin to reach your individual goals.
Now, once you have been doing this for a bit you will be ready to increase your income some by teaching at higher levels. These classes are typically easier to teach because the students become more independent cooks, and more proficient in the kitchen. And you can charge more for classes.
One of the great things about Children’s Culinary Institute is that you aren’t starting at the bottom. You aren’t having to figure this all out on your own! I’ve worked out the kinks and done the hard work for you. Enjoy the growth!
Check us out
We have a Periscope, a Facebook page, an Instagram account, and a website full of photos and information with legions of fans and followers. All of this can help provide you a good idea of who we are and what we do. If that isn't enough to convince you to join, just reach out to one of our location owners. You can find them on our website under the locations tab. Most any of our mini-chef instructors would be happy to chat about the details of their particular program, and how they enjoy the flexibility and ability to work for themselves. Always feel free to contact us for more information about our patent pending method of teaching and motivating kids to learn in the kitchen.
“Working from home as a CCI instructor has been a huge blessing for my family and me. I’m able to make my own schedule, work from home, make an income and do something I love… work with kids and food!”
- Kara Peoria, AZ
“I love the CCI program because it is easy to use and the kids enjoy the recipes! It helps me stretch out of my repertoire of recipes and try new ones too. Thanks for making teaching kids how to cook so easy!”
- Becky Platte City, MO