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We offer cooking classes, camps & parties for ages 2 to 99 in our beautiful & sparkling clean Kitchen Studios.

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Love what you do

What to Expect

Franchising can help you turn your passions into exciting opportunities and allow you to go into business for yourself, but not by yourself.

Girl sautéing with olive oil at a Taste Buds Kitchen Cooking Camp
Baking class to make American flag sugar cookies at Taste Buds Kitchen
Learn. Laugh. Cook.

Why Now?

There has never been a better time to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true! Life is too short to not do something you love. Taste Buds Kitchen is an innovative concept in the multi-billion dollar children & family entertainment industry.

Culinary entertainment

What is Taste Buds Kitchen?

Taste Buds Kitchen has taken the country by storm with a refreshingly simple concept. We provide culinary entertainment to kids, families and adults in a fun, beautiful and state-of-the art Kitchen Studio. Kids ages 2 to teen love our hands-on cooking classes, camps, birthday parties and field trips. Adults love our byob date night cooking classes, birthday parties, bachelorettes, showers and corporate events. Our innovative programs are as entertaining as they are educational! We always strive to engage and delight our guests.

Multiple revenue streams

Kids Programs

Adult Programs

Rave Reviews

Thousands of happy chefs can't be wrong. We provide the best cooking class experience. Easy, relaxed & fun!

Taste Buds Kitchen always delivers! I have taken several classes with my kids and we absolutely love it. The teachers are attentive and fun. My kids learn in a great environment an…
One of the most fun activities I’ve done in years! The staff were friendly, helpful, and on top of things! I met some fun people too. I will be here all the time!…
Celebrating 16 years in business

Hear our Story

Our Founder, Jessi Walter Brelsford, shares how she took her passion and made it a business. At Taste Buds Kitchen, we make the kitchen exciting for our guest and we create it all from scratch – from pasta to sushi and everyone’s favorite cupcakes!

Local & National

Rave Reviews

Interested in becoming a franchise owner?

So you're interested in a Taste Buds Kitchen franchise? That's great! Thanks for taking this important step in your research. A benefit of franchising with Taste Buds Kitchen is that we've established a great brand with a strong infrastructure. We have a passion for quality and innovation with systems over 16 years in development. We'll share our playbook with you and train and support you all along the way. Our model is simple, but not easy. Don't let that scare you, nothing worth having comes easy!

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Hear from our franchise owners.

Our franchise owners come from a variety of backgrounds

Who Are our Franchise Partners?

A love of food, families and fun is a must along with a strong comfort in the kitchen and a desire to deliver exceptional quality with an equally exceptional client experience. We’ll teach you and your team what you need to know and after that, practice makes perfect. Experience in franchising or a background in the culinary field are not required to join the TBK family.

We award franchises based on qualifications that are near and dear to us at Taste Buds Kitchen. We're looking for people who share our dedication to over-the-top customer service and love of all things culinary entertainment. You will also need to be able to make a fairly significant investment, as the initial all-in cost to open a Taste Buds Kitchen ranges from $382,500 - $531,000.

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"Taste Buds Kitchen is literally my dream business!" -- TBK Franchisee

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Training & Support

We make it easy for you to open and operate your Taste Buds Kitchen providing initial and ongoing training and support.

Expanding across the United States & Canada

Target Markets

We are looking to open Kitchens in highly populated areas with many families and children across the United States and Canada. Each Kitchen enjoys a protected territory of 175,000 people. If you have a great market with lots of families who have discretionary funds to spend on themselves and their children, that's a great place to start. Interested in an international location? While focusing in North America, we will consider international expansion with franchisees with a proven track-record of operating businesses in their market.

Let's Get Cooking

Opening Timeline

The average opening timeline is 8-12 months so your Kitchen could be open by this time next year!

Site Selection

Finding a great 2,000 square foot location for your Taste Buds Kitchen is a collaboration between you, Taste Buds Kitchen and a broker. Working together we all benefit from the combination of different expertise and knowledge.

Design & Construction

Our Real Estate and Development team will help coordinate the comprehensive services necessary to design and build your Taste Buds Kitchen, including space planning, design, construction documents, help with the bid process and support during construction.

Startup Costs

The start-up investment for a Taste Buds Kitchen development for one Kitchen is shown below. The range depends on a number of things, including the city in which you live. Per-square-foot construction in New York City is vastly different from per-square-foot construction in St. Louis, Missouri. Outside of the franchise fee which is paid to Taste Buds Kitchen, the majority of the remaining expenses are paid to your local vendors over the course of your opening preparation. We work with you to keep your investment as low as possible.

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  • Initial Franchise Fee$49,500
  • Technology Set-up Fee$6,000
  • Site Selection Management$8,000
  • Lease and Utility Security Deposits$3,000 - $10,000
  • Blue Prints, Architecture & Design$17,500 - $22,000
  • Leasehold Improvements$200,000 - $300,000
  • Furniture, Equipment, Appliances & Utensils$46,000 - $52,000
  • Grand Opening Marketing $10,000
  • Signage & Visual Branding$5,000 - $12,000
  • Computer and Software$3,000 - $5,000
  • Business Licenses and Permits$2,000 - $4,000
  • Travel & living expenses while training $1,500 - $3,000
  • Professional Fees$2,000 - $4,000
  • Insurance$1,500 - $2,500
  • Initial Inventory and Supplies$2,000 - $4,000
  • Background Checks/Certifications$500 - $1,000
  • Additional Funds - 3 Months$25,000 - $40,000
  • TOTAL$382,500 - $531,000

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I make as a Taste Buds Kitchen franchisee?

While we do not provide profit projections, if you become a qualified candidate, we would be happy to share our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) that contains certain historical financial performance information for our corporate and franchised locations.

How much are royalties and other annual fees?

Our current Initial Franchise Fee is $49,500. Royalty fee is 8% of gross revenue. Brand Fund fee is 1.5% of gross revenue.

Do I need formal experience in the culinary industry?

No. A love of food, families and fun is a must along with a strong comfort in the kitchen but official chef and education training are not required. We’ll teach you and your team what you need to know and after that, practice makes perfect.

How much does it cost to become a Taste Buds Kitchen franchisee?

All-in start-up costs range from about $382,500 to $531,000 depending on a number of things, including the size and condition of your location. A complete breakdown of these estimated costs is included in Item 7 in our FDD and reprinted above in the Startup Costs section.

Does Taste Buds Kitchen offer financing?

No, you will be responsible for financing. We would be happy to introduce you to lenders and financing brokers who are familiar with our business.

How long does it take to open a Taste Buds Kitchen?

Each location is different, but the most time-consuming steps tend to be site selection, lease negotiation, build-out (including permitting) requirements, and training. However, we anticipate it will take approximately 8 to 12 months from signing your franchise agreement to opening day at your Taste Buds Kitchen.

Can I open more than one location?

Yes. Certain qualified candidates may have the right to develop multiple Taste Buds Kitchen franchises under a Multi-Unit Development Agreement.

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