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Young Chefs’ Club – Should We Review It?

Young Chef’s Club (ages 5 and up) is a monthly subscription from America’s Test Kitchen that focuses on the intersection of food and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics):

The mission of America’s Test Kitchen Kids is to create a new generation of empowered cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters. We are a group of editors, educators, and cooks applying America’s Test Kitchen’s scientific know-how and rigorous testing to create meaningful learning experiences for children. Our goal is to foster a community in which all children feel empowered to take the lead in the kitchen and feel excited to learn about the world around them through the lens of food and cooking. We encourage kids to take risks, embrace and learn from failure, and develop a healthy and positive relationship with food.

Box themes change every month and will be a surprise for kids (grown-ups will receive shopping lists ahead of time via email). Themes range from specific ingredients (such as cheese or bread) to cooking techniques (such as cake decorating), scientific subjects (such as food texture or molecular gastronomy), and cuisines or types of food (such as tacos). The themes will not repeat—you’ll have a new box filled with new recipes, activities, and experiments every month.


Each Young Chefs’ Club box includes:

  • Recipe cards
  • Hands-on experiment cards
  • Kitchen technique cards
  • “Make It Your Way” recipe challenge
  • Achievement button
  • Cooking tool or recipe ingredient(s)—don’t worry, we won’t send you duplicates of common kitchen items!
  • Other fun activities: games, puzzles, taste tests, art projects, and more.
  • As a member, you’ll also receive access to our digital library of recipes, activities, videos, and fun quizzes for kids.

The Box: Young Chefs’ Club

The Cost: $24.99 per month

The Products: Each themed box comes with recipe cards, hands-on experiment cards, kitchen technique cards, “Make It Your Way” recipe challenge, achievement button, cooking tool or recipe ingredient(s), games, puzzles, taste tests, art projects, and more.

Good to know: “Food is not included in the boxes. For your convenience, we email you a shopping list when your box ships and include a printed shopping list in all boxes. As we develop the recipes and activities for each box, we strive to keep the cost and amount of required ingredients and materials low.”

What do you think of this box? Would you like to see it reviewed? 

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Comments (21)

  1. This thing is a joke, don’t bother… No refund, no support, and garbage products. Not worth the boxes they get shipped in….
    Out 50 bucks because of a hidden auto renewal policy as well..

  2. Just got the August 2020 box. DO NOT recommend. Included recipes for a picnic, and stickers and a fork, knife and spoon set in a canvas case. That is not worth $20-25 (depending on your subscription length. Total disappointment for me and my kids. I LOVE America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, shows, magazines, and was shockingly disappointed. No refunds. Epic fail for us.

  3. I’d enjoy seeing this reviewed. Love ATK and love getting the kids involved in cooking. Thanks! 🙂

  4. This looks fun! I would love to see it reviewed. I have a niece and nephew who both enjoy helping in the kitchen so this could be perfect for us!

  5. Yes, let us know if this box is really worth $25/month for a recipe and a kitchen tool.

  6. Yes yes yes! I love ATK, though the price seems pretty steep for what you get.

  7. Yes!!! I love ATK. I always try to use their recipes and check their reviews before buying kitchen stuff.

  8. If this box doesn’t include food, I don’t understand what we would be paying for. I could (and often do) find kid friendly recipes online for free, and I’m sure I could find related games for free too. So basically it’s $25 a month for a random kitchen gadget.

  9. $25 a month was sound fine until I read FOOD IF NOT INCLUDED. Then what is $25 for? For basic recipe? For kitchen tools that probably everybody already has in their kitchen?
    Sorry for being in minority but no, I am not interested. Great idea, but expensive and inconvenient (going shopping for this single recipe) execution.

  10. Yes please, my 8 year old would love this!

  11. Yes please! This seems like a really neat box. I think the price is good for a “family project” style box.

  12. Yes, definitely please do review this! I’m leaning toward subscribing, as my kiddo loves to cook, but i’d love to see your review first!

  13. I clicked on this story, thinking that the cost would be ridiculous, but $25 a month seems like a great deal! I don’t even have kids, but this sounds like a great box.

  14. Yes, I would like to see this reviewed. I might get this for my kids.

  15. Yes, I’m curious about this and would love to read a review. This sounds like something my younger daughter would love.

  16. My five year old wants to be a chef when he grows up, I think he’d love this box. I hope it ships to Alaska.

  17. I received this email! Yes, review I love America’s Test kitchen and this looks fun even though the recipes look basic. So, it’s great for kids!

    • I love Test Kitchen & Cook’s Country (I like the aesthetic of Chris Kimball’s Milk Street, but the recipes aren’t always up my alley), and I’m in the process of purging a ton of my cookbooks, and the few that I’m keeping are ALL of my Test Kitchen & Cook’s Country cookbooks & magazines (plus a few other ones). 🙂

      • I was ready to ask if I could have your old cookbooks, until you said that you’re keeping your ATK and Cook’s Country cookbooks.

        Of course those are the only ones I would want. 😉

  18. It sounds cool, and heck, it looks like I might want it for myself! Yes, I’d enjoy seeing this reviewed.

    • Looks interesting but $25/month seems steep. Kidstir is similar (less STEAM) and $10/month less.

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