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Canadian Guest Chef Series

Canadian Guest Chef Nick Benninger | Student Chef Jala Vicario-Robinson

136 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, Canada

February 23rd 2017 at 6:30 pm

Jala’s
Oyster Tequila Shooter

Beef
tartar, mole mustard, pickled carrots, egg yolk, fried white anchovies, tortilla

Squash,
honey, smoked peanuts, whipped queso blando, cilantro, morita pepper

Ceviche:
Bay scallops, grapes, beets, jalapeno, raw leek, fried leek, burnt leek vinaigrette, j-choke chips

Sun
Dried beef belly, black beans, charred cabbage, sweet tomato relish, pasilla chili sauce

Mayan
chocolate ganache, preserved cherries, cocoa-arbol chili meringue, basil, coriander sponge toffee, crema

Candied
apple, 5 brothers cheese, churro bite

Includes wine pairing and coffee or tea

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Canadian Guest Chef Series

Canadian Guest Chef Melanie Blouin | Student Chef Andrew Whyte

136 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, Canada

February 24th 2017 at 6:30 pm

hamachi tartare
niçoise, olives, cherry tomatoes, rice cracker

king salmon
sweet peas, fingerling potatoes, chorizo, furikake

venison two ways
butternut squash spätzle, Brussel sprouts, chanterelles, comté

vacherin
meringue, white chocolate, yogurt, cara cara,
apricot, seabuckthorn, yuzu

Includes wine pairing and coffee or tea

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Canadian Guest Chef Series

Canadian Guest Chef Jeremy Gries | Student Chef Dean Pazianos

136 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, Canada

February 25th 2017 at 6:30 pm

Falafel Hummus – chickpea, tahini, lemon, smoked chipotle, evoo

Chopped Liver & Onions – gribenes, hard egg, radish, beet horseradish, challah

Roast Cauliflower – tahini, skhug, halloumi, pomegranate, pinenuts

1/2 Roast Chicken – tahini squash mash, mint apricot amba

Sour Cherry Upside down Cake – Maple cream, halva

Includes wine pairing and coffee or tea

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Canadian Guest Chef Series

Canadian Guest Chef Simon Briggs | Student Chef Chelsea Stemmler

136 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, Canada

February 28th 2017 at 6:30 pm

Mackerel, mango, chili, radish, cilantro, lime

Crispy duck gizzards, frisee, avocado puree, confit tomato, smoked tomato salsa, queso fresco, tortilla chips

Grilled octopus, chorizo, fennel, cucumber, pineapple, salsa roja, crema Mexicana

Grilled hanger steak marinated in adobo, confit fingerling potatoes, roasted root veg, sauce diable, chimichurri, crispy shallots

Cilantro cake, lemon curd, black olive crumble, cilantro gel, meringue, sour cream ice cream, cilantro sprouts, flowers

Includes wine pairing and coffee or tea

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Canadian Guest Chef Series

Canadian Guest Chef Fransisco Alejandri | Student Chef Nicholas Schroder

136 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, Canada

March 1st 2017 at 6:30 pm

Sikil p`ak
Lightly roasted pumpkin seeds, rehydrated with a tomato and habanero pure and finished with fresh coriander and chives. Served with Totopos

CALDO DE OSO
Bear`s broth or fish stew
A light fish and tomato broth, flavoured with star anise , cumin seeds and Mexican oregano. Served with tender morsels of pan seared halibut cheeks and sea scallops. Garnished with capers, olives and black garlic

TOSTADA DE TINGA DE POLLO
Tinga tostada
Shredded chicken, stewed in a tomato and chipotle sauce with cabbage and onions. Served on a tostada with refried black beans avocado, crema and macerated onions

AGUA DE HORCHATA
Rice and cacao agua fresca
Made with white rice and cacao beans and flavoured with canela and condensed milk

CHILE POBLANO RELLENO DE GUACAMOLE CON FRUTAS
Poblano pepper stuffed with guacamole chamacuero and served on a tomato and Mexican oregano sauce.

ARROZ DE CHOCOLATE CON LECHE Y HELADO DE AGUACATE
Rice pudding flavoured with dark chocolate, de arbor chile, canela and annatto seeds. Served with avocado ice cream

Includes wine pairing and coffee or tea

Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production distillery, making quality spirits by hand in Vaughan, Ontario. Last Straw is owner-operated, and all of their recipes have been perfected through extensive experimentation, without the use of consultants. The result is a truly unique line of highly flavourful spirits that are made to enjoy with friends.

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Canadian Guest Chef Series

Canadian Guest Chef Fransisco Alejandri | Prepared by Student Chef Akeela R.

136 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON, Canada

March 2nd 2017 at 6:30 pm

OSTIONES EN ESCABECHE
Pickled Oysters
BC oysters lightly poached and served with escabeche of vegetables,
jalapeños and crackers

SOPA DE PORO, PEREJIL Y TORTILLA
Leek, parsley and tortilla soup
A light leek and parsley broth garnished with fresh parsley, queso
fresco, chopped egg whites and tortilla. Finished with parsley oil

TOSTADA DE CEVICHE
Fresh sea bream, macerated in lime juice with tomatoes, habaneros, and
fresh coriander. Served with avocado and finished with puya sauce

AGUA FRESCA DE FLOR DE JAMAICA
Red hibiscus agua fresca
Jamaica flowers, steeped in water and carefully balanced with fresh
orange juice and rose petal water

CHILE RELLENO DE GUACAMOLE Y FRUTAS EN CALDILLO DE JITOMATE
Poblano pepper stuffed with guacamole chamacuero and served on a tomato
and Mexican oregano sauce

DULCE DE CAMOTE CON HELADO DE MOLE
Roasted sweet potato, finish in a dark caramel, flavoured with dry
fruits, nuts, tequila and rum. Garnished with a delicate gelato made with
chipotle, chocolate, achiote and canela

Includes wine pairing and coffee or tea

Last Straw Distillery is Ontario’s smallest production distillery, making quality spirits by hand in Vaughan, Ontario. Last Straw is owner-operated, and all of their recipes have been perfected through extensive experimentation, without the use of consultants. The result is a truly unique line of highly flavourful spirits that are made to enjoy with friends.

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Quinton Martisius

Stratford Chefs School, Class of 2015

“The all around experience at SCS was incredible…from making stocks and soups in Level One to running an entire lunch lab. Every aspect of the program is being applied to my career and has helped me advance in my profession.”

Chris McDonald at Stratford Chefs School

Join us in welcoming Chef Chris McDonald (former Chef/Owner of Avalon, Cava, and XOCOCAVA) to the Stratford Chefs School from February 14th to 18th, 2017, as one of this year’s Celebrity Chefs in Residence, offered in partnership with RE/MAX a-b REALTY LTD.

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