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About urbanCHEF

urbanCHEF was founded in 2005 when Chara Gafford sought a way to bring the hands-on cooking experience of traditional culinary school to the casual cooking classes she was teaching.

Our first location was in Houston’s Third Ward, in the small building behind Chara’s home. The classes held up to a dozen people in a kitchen designed with counter-space and stove access for everyone. When she decided to expand they moved to the Greenway Plaza location in 2012. Two large kitchens accommodate a total of up to 48 with separate dining room and patio seating. Our off-site events bring the culinary competition to you for groups of up to 100 guests. With a small but mighty team of formally trained chefs and culinary professionals we continue to be dedicated to providing 100% hands-on cooking classes for corporate groups, private parties, date nights, birthday parties and kid’s classes.



Why An urbanCHEF Franchise?


urbanCHEF sits in a great position in the franchise market with a strong operating model in place and a strong differentiation from the rest of the competition in the franchise marketplace. urbanCHEF is a unique and high-performing exception within a lucrative industry.


urbanCHEF management team will offer unrivaled training and support to each franchisee as they join the urbanCHEF family. The company’s operating model is simple and has been structured with well-defined processes and reordering systems in place, allowing for ease of replication. Initial training will be held at the headquarters.


urbanCHEF achieves a very strong return on investment in comparison to the rest of the franchise industry in general. With the implementation of a structured and systematized business model, the growth achieved by urbanCHEF in several markets across the U.S. has been significant and impressive.

Our Ownership Process

Feel free to do your research and follow the process to be one step closer to opening your own location.

Do Your Research

Ask us any and all questions you can think of about our franchise and we’ll be glad to inform you!

Inquire Today

Complete one of our forms and we will guide you on the next steps in owning your own urbanCHEF franchise.

Discovery Day

Meet our friendly management team & you’ll discover what makes us succeed in our industry.

Approval & Launch

If approved, you will be ready to launch your own urbanCHEF franchise! We provide training before & after opening your location.

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