Young Chefs Academy adds Rachel Solano as a Curriculum Coordinator

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 14:55:05-05

A Waco-based franchise will be adding a new a leadership role to the team to further its growth in the culinary arts.

Texas chef instructor Rachel Solano will become a new Curriculum Coordinator at the Young Chefs Academy.

She will oversee the creation and testing of all curriculum for classes, camps and workshops and help to bring the curriculum to life in the franchisee's kitchen.

Solano was already working part-time at the Academy but has now taken on a full-time position. She previously taught adult cooking classes for over a decade at a cooking school.

"I am thrilled to be part of Young Chefs Academy, as it organically blends my experience with my passion for culinary arts," said Solano. "Working with eager and curious kids energizes me, and I am knee-deep in beefing-up the curriculum through refining and streamlining the content with the knowledge from my previous cooking experiences. We're enhancing the training for franchisees through novel programming, and continuing to innovate how we teach students healthy lifestyles."

Founder and CEO Julie Burleson says Solano's unique perspective will help inspire both the Young Chefs Academy corporate team and franchisees across the country.

"Her passion for teaching diverse cuisines as well as her background in adult training is eminent in her work, and we are confident Rachel will continue to add flavor to our Young Chefs Academy family,” says Burleson.

Burleson launched the first Young Chefs Academy in 2004. The idea was sparked by her children wanting to help in the kitchen as she balanced making meals and spending time with her two children.

Young Chefs Academy now has over 30 franchises and works to teach kids life-long cooking skills, while promoting healthy food options. For more information, visit

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