Little Kitchen Academy (LKA), a Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teen based in Vancouver, announced that three locations will open across the state of Michigan in a deal with local franchisees Greg and Meg Kevane.
The couple plans to open the first location in Birmingham this fall, followed by Ann Arbor and Farmington Hills. The Kevane’s currently own and operate four successful Goldfish Swim School locations in the area.
“When we heard about 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 purpose-driven concept to Michigan,” says Meg Kevane.
The concept was co-founded by serial entrepreneur Brian Curin; his wife, Montessori-trained culinary expert Felicity Curin; and social impact investor and entrepreneur Praveen Varshney on the belief that by empowering children with practical life skills and knowledge in a positive and joyful environment, they and their company will affect positive lifestyle changes that result in a healthier world.
LKA states its aim is to create a more educated, able, and healthy society through mindful, healthy eating choices, and is committed to changing lives, from scratch to consumption.
Part of that mission includes empowering students to learn how they can make the world a better place through the How Can I Help by Little Kitchen Academy, LKA’s signature philanthropic program supporting Chefs for Humanity, The Global FoodBanking Network, and Kids Help Phone.
“We are excited to have such an amazing family bring Little Kitchen Academy to Michigan,” says 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 practical life skills.”
This new deal brings the total number of LKA locations in development to 146 toward the company’s target of 423 globally by the end of 2025. The company currently has six locations open throughout North America with more to come, including LKA Bridgeport Village, the company’s second location in the U.S., which will open in Portland this spring.
“We have so much experience in the child enrichment space and know how important learning practical life 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 also sharing the gift of Little Kitchen Academy with Michigan.”