Frequently Asked Questions

The initial investment ranges from $294,350 to $487,450 to own a franchise with The Real Food Academy. Please review our FDD for more details.

No. We do not provide direct financing. However, we may refer you to financial institutions that may be able to help you finance your business.

A background in education and a passion for food, health and wellness can make a difference in this industry. So can strong skills in customer service, event planning and delivering a 5-star experience.

The keys to our training program start with hands-on training with our founder Chef Maria and our leadership team. You also have access to a library of video tutorials that can guide you as you set up classes, camps and events. Our marketing assistance helps you spread the word about your cooking studio and upcoming classes and events. We are always available to answer questions and provide support throughout your relationship with us.

Complete our Get Started form. We’ll contact you to discuss all of the important details you need to make an informed decision.

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The Best Cooking Class Franchise

A cooking class franchise with The Real Food Academy gives you a chance to combine your talents as an educator, chef, entertainer and party planner into an experience of a lifetime.

You can pack creativity, education, fun and good food into every business-building opportunity.

  • Children, tween, and teen cooking classes
  • Birthday parties, school field trips, summer camps
  • Adult culinary classes and events
  • Team-building parties, special events, and outings

This is a chance to bring together good times, good tastes and good eating habits into a life-changing experience for guests of all ages – and you!

Fresh made appetizers at The Real Food Academy - the best cooking class franchise in Miami.
Fresh hummis and carrots made in one of The Real Food Academy's cooking classes.
Fresh cheese and grape platter at The Real Food Academy's cooking class.

Creating the Pre-Eminent Destination for Personalized Cooking Events

Our Vision

We’re on a mission to make The Real Food Academy the destination of choice for personalized cooking events in towns just like yours. We also want to demonstrate how real food prepared well can make a difference in people’s lives.

At the heart of our business concept is a genuine belief that everyone can learn healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. That’s why our cooking studios offer hands-on learning experiences for foodies of all ages – from youngsters, tweens and teens to moms, dads, Baby Boomers and beyond.

If you have a passion for teaching, food and fun, this is a great opportunity to love what you do and do what you love. You can enjoy the experience of a lifetime while growing the business of your dreams.

Investment & Revenue

How Much Does It Cost To Open a Real Food Academy?

Invest in your future. Find fulfillment in pursuing your passion for health. Here’s what it takes to own a cooking franchise with The Real Food Academy.

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Initial Investment:
$294,350 - $487,450


IN 2022, Our Per-Unit (AUV) Volume Was:
$905,279

Refer to our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) Items 7 & 19 for specifics on startup costs.

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Available Territories

Where Can You Open Your Own Real Food Academy Franchise?

We’re actively expanding Real Food Academy throughout Florida (Tallassee, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, San Petersburg, Tampa, Pensacola, San Agustín, Lakeland, and more).

Let’s explore the possibilities for you to bring a franchise with The Real Food Academy to your community.

The Opportunity
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Join Our Real Food

Revolution

No other cooking event franchise keeps it real at every meal like The Real Food Academy. Whole foods take center stage at our events. You can help educate food lovers to love foods that are good for you and taste great as a franchise owner with The Real Food Academy. As we like to say, learning to cook healthy is easy!

Our Philosophy: Make it Real

Our name says it all. We’re all about real food, real learning experiences, and real change in food choices for a better way of life. Imagine how you can bring a real experience to the table that can transform people’s lives, including your own.

Real Foods,
Not Processed

Demonstrate how healthy food choices can make foodie favorites taste good and be good for you.

Real Experiences,
Not Passive

Get creative with hands-on learning activities for every age.

Real Fun,
Not Fabricated

Set the table for an entertaining event, filled with laughter, learning and a love for good food.

Real Learning,
Not Textbook

Engage your guests with teaching techniques you can access in our training and support programs.

Real Potential,
Not Unimaginable

Take advantage of multiple revenue streams to expand your business and generate lifelong rewards.

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Put Your Love for Family, Food and Fun to Work for You

Here's what it takes to become part of The Real Food Academy franchise family.

Passion

A profound passion for health and wellness.

Interest

Interested in growing a brand dedicated to showing how real, well-prepared food can impact future generations.

Mindset

Possesses a lifelong learner mindset, eager for training and continuous support.

Talent

Talented in crafting memorable learning experiences for both children and adults.

Join Our Real Food Revolution

Bring The Real Food Academy to Your Community

When you invest in a franchise with The Real Food Academy, you become part of a movement that embraces eating whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods. This style of eating has gained traction in recent years as a way to promote health and wellness.

Here are key components of a whole foods diet.

  • No highly processed or refined foods
  • Foods that are free from artificial additives, preservatives, and chemicals
  • Foods grown by local farmers and food producers
  • Emphasis on organic and locally sourced foods
  • Food choices that reduce environmental impacts

We’re actively expanding Chef Maria’s real food brand in Florida.

Interested in a franchise location in the Southeast or beyond? Let’s explore ways to expand our brand in your community.

Take the next step to feed your passion for food, fun, health and wellness and join our culinary journey as a franchise owner.

Steps to Owning a Real Food Academy Franchise

Ready to Own a Franchise with The Real Food Academy? Here’s How to Get Started

1.

Complete our request for information form

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2.

Meet our franchise development team.

3.

Review our franchise documentation (FDD and Franchise Agreement).

4.

Finalize financing and territory selection.

5.

Build out your location with our design specs.

6.

Train with our experts.

7.

Open The Real Food Academy in your community!

The Real Food Academy head chef Maria.

Meet the CEO

Chef Maria Cummins

Maria Cummins knows her way around a kitchen. From her family's cocina to The Real Food Academy, she brings healthy cooking to life.

A love of cooking and an entrepreneurial spirit gave Maria her inspiration to start an after-school cooking program for kids. She held her first classes at a local Montessori school in Miami. Word spread quickly as the program gained popularity with kids and families alike. Maria added birthday parties, school field trips and more classes when her business launched in 2008.

Maria and her husband Arthur now invite foodies like you to join their culinary journey with Chef Maria's simple rule for success:

“Eat real food — together!”

Learn how you can bring Chef Maria’s Real Food brand to a location in your community.

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Franchises for Sale in Florida

South Florida is a hotbed of opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to invest in the franchise industry. With its vibrant economy, diverse population, and tourism appeal, it's no wonder that South Florida is a prime destination for those seeking to own a franchise.

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Feast Your Way to Success: Exploring Food Franchises and The Real Food Academy

In an era where wellness and healthy eating are not just trends but a lifestyle, The Real Food Academy, a culinary school franchise in your local area, FL, emerges as a beacon of innovation and education in the culinary world. Explore why The Real Food Academy stands out in this competitive sector!

Two girls having fun and learning healthy recipes at a Real Food Academy kid's cooking class.

Why Cooking Classes Are the Ideal Birthday Party Event

Every parent knows the thrill of seeing their child's eyes light up with excitement and joy during their birthday celebration. Choosing the perfect event for these special occasions can be challenging, especially with the myriad of options available. However, among the most novel and engaging options, hosting a cooking class stands out.

Arthur Cummings, one of our founders at The Real Food Academy, teaches a kid's cooking class.

Savor Success in the Sunshine State

When it comes to culinary delights and diverse dining experiences, Florida stands out as a vibrant hub of the foodservice industry. From mouthwatering seafood to sumptuous Latin American cuisine, the state offers a rich tapestry of flavors to please every palate.

A Real Food Academy cook teaching a young child at one of our growing kids' cooking classes.

Exploring the Children's Cooking Class Franchise Industry

The kid's cooking classes franchise industry has experienced significant growth in recent years, driven by the rising interest in culinary education for children. At The Real Food Academy, our junior chef and adult cooking classes in Miami are about good times, great tastes, and healthy eating habits.

A group of adults at a Real Food Academy cooking class.

Cook Your Way to Success

By investing in The Real Food Academy franchise, you will join a business committed to promoting healthy eating habits and providing a fun and engaging experience for its customers. If you want a piece of this billion-dollar pie, look no further than The Real Food Academy's franchise offering.

Franchise FAQs

The initial investment ranges from $294,350 to $487,450 to own a franchise with The Real Food Academy. Please review our FDD for more details.

No. We do not provide direct financing. However, we may refer you to financial institutions that may be able to help you finance your business.

A background in education and a passion for food, health and wellness can make a difference in this industry. So can strong skills in customer service, event planning and delivering a 5-star experience.

The keys to our training program start with hands-on training with our founder Chef Maria and our leadership team. You also have access to a library of video tutorials that can guide you as you set up classes, camps and events. Our marketing assistance helps you spread the word about your cooking studio and upcoming classes and events. We are always available to answer questions and provide support throughout your relationship with us.

Complete our Get Started form. We’ll contact you to discuss all of the important details you need to make an informed decision.

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Words We Cook By

We Don’t Change the Dish. We change the ingredients!

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Create an Unforgettable Experience

Set the table for Events filled with laughter, learning and good food

  • Miami Dood

    This was my first time. Maria is awesome. She made the experience fun tasty and dynamic.the food and flavor were awesome. Off course, i made it myself :) Maria muchas gracias lo pase increible
  • gymnote1

    Chef Maria is such a nice teacher.
  • Diana Banana

    I had so much fun and learned a lot. I never had tried paella before and I absolutely loved it. Everything was clean and delicious. Definitely recommend.
  • Garrison Salters

    Great Experience
  • Yvonne Iturralde

    Chef Maria was amazing! Detailed instructions was provided so my meal was delicious!
  • Grania Michel

    A wonderful evening! Chef Maria is the best
  • Tathienne Kader

    Amazing party, Paolo was incredible, we made the best food and had the best time.
  • Anthony & Jefrey Erickson-Pogorzelski

    Chef Maria consistently delivers! Her recommendations, guidance, ingredients, and staff are the best. Thanks for such a great evening- we’ll be back!!
  • ML SERVICES 2021 LLC

    (Translated by Google) The delicious food! We came to take a class as a team, it was excellent ♥️🌼 The chef was super kind to us! The food in general was delicious! I would like to repeat it and I would do so without hesitation! (Original) La comida deliciosa! Vinimos a tomar una clase en equipo, fue excelente ♥️🌼 La chef fue super amable con nosotros! La comida en general estuvo deliciosa! Me gustaría repetirlo y lo haría sin dudarlo!
  • Fabiana Aurrecoechea

    Amazing experience and delicious food
  • Veronica Pereira

    Came for a birthday party and had an amazing time! Chef Matias was attentive, educational and fun! The food was was delicious and I definitely would remake it at home. Would recommend for anyone wanting to celebrate any event in a unique way
  • Carly Rich

    We had an amazing time celebrating my friends Birthday. Chef Matías was wonderful and did a very good job teaching all of us how to cook each dish.
  • Rene Perdigon (ClubMagicoMiami)

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Discover the joy of healthy eating and cooking at The Real Food Academy in Miami! This exceptional establishment is not just a cooking school but a transformative experience for both kids and adults alike. 🍎🥦🍳 The Real Food Academy goes beyond traditional cooking classes by focusing on nutritious, delicious meals that are easy to prepare at home. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned chef, their expert instructors guide you through every step, ensuring you gain practical skills and culinary confidence. 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳 Classes are designed to be interactive and fun, making learning about nutrition and cooking a delightful journey. Kids are especially welcomed and encouraged to explore their creativity in the kitchen, fostering a lifelong appreciation for wholesome foods. 🏆 Awarded for their commitment to quality education and healthy living, The Real Food Academy stands out as a beacon of culinary excellence in Miami. Their dedication to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients ensures every dish not only tastes amazing but also nourishes the body. 🎉 Whether you're attending a family cooking workshop, a team-building corporate event, or simply looking to enhance your own culinary repertoire, The Real Food Academy promises an unforgettable experience. Join the movement towards healthier eating today and embark on a flavorful adventure with The Real Food Academy!
  • Nicole Forman

    2nd time here and plan to come back many more times. Super accommodating to dietary restrictions and fun, clean, engaging environment. Delicious food too and great value! Perfect for date night or girls night. Will be back!
  • Jenny Diaz-Neumann

    Amazing experience. Highly recommended, the chef and the staff are very nice
  • Clark Wycoff

    Wonderful experience. Chef Toni did a great job guiding us through the various parts of the meal, and it was very rewarding to enjoy something we made ourselves from scratch.
  • Allegra Russo

    Truly an incredible experience. My daughter loved it. Thank you for such a fun and educational week. Can’t wait to come back!
  • Nicole Rosales

    Great service by chef toni and Carmen, so great and tasty!!!
  • Samantha Oyon

    I had so much fun! Chef Toni and Assistant Chef Carmen were so amazing and friendly! 10/10 would recommend!
  • Valeria Madrid

    I loved i loved ❤️😍❤️
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