Why Donate? - Stratford Chefs School

Why Donate?

The Stratford Chefs School is a not-for-profit educational institution based on a unique entrepreneurial business model. For more than 30 years, our vision has remained clear:

“ Building on our reputation for high quality cookery, innovation and entrepreneurship ”

This model has enabled the Stratford Chefs School to both set and maintain a high standard of excellence for its culinary training program, a program whose graduates have made significant contributions to the recent development of a distinctive Canadian cuisine.

We appreciate that the success and longevity of the culinary program offered by the Stratford Chefs School would not be possible without the enduring support of a generous community. We recognize that strong bonds have been built between the School and the local businesses, organizations, and individuals over the years – your contributions have helped keep the Stratford Chefs School and the richness of its educational program a reality for more than 700 successful graduates.

With your continued support, the Stratford Chefs School will maintain an unparalleled standard in the field of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.

Financial contributions can be made in one of three ways:

Student Support

2016 marks the thirteenth year of the Stratford Chefs School “Support a Student Chef” Campaign. We are humbly reminded that your contribution has, and will continue to shape Canada’s culinary scene through the training of fine chefs.

Supporting a student chef helps to reduce the financial pressures of an intensive culinary program. Funds donated as part of this campaign are allocated towards covering costs incurred by the requirements of the program: tuition, textbooks, accommodations, uniforms, knives, etc.

As a part of this Campaign, your donation involves the naming of a scholarship. You may choose to contribute to an existing scholarship, or you may create an original name for your own, perhaps to honour someone who has made an impact in your life.

This campaign will enable aspiring chefs to continue their studies when they might otherwise have been forced to withdraw from the program.

Curriculum Updates

The Stratford Chefs School remains one of Canada’s most successful culinary institutions. It is continually evolving to meet the needs of its students and the culinary sector.

Donations towards Curriculum Updates help to enrich professional development initiatives, special events, and guest chef programming.

The Stratford Chefs School is operated by working restaurant professionals. Donations made towards Curriculum Updates enables faculty to further their professional development through educational opportunities, symposiums, and travel. This translates further into an enriched classroom environment for our students, as well as an elevated culinary experience for patrons of local restaurants.

Our International Chef in Residence and Guest Chef initiatives are also made possible by donations to Curriculum Updates, both of which provide our students with the once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a mentor’s cuisine while also working and learning alongside them. For many of our students, mentor relationships that are forged during our Guest Chef programs often lead directly to internships, jobs, and other invaluable networking opportunities.

Campus Updates

Since 1983, the school has held part-time leases at two downtown restaurants—Rundles and The Prune. Both of these restaurants are integral to our founding history and current success. It is time, however, for the school to begin its next chapter.

As the school has grown, so have its needs for additional teaching, meeting, library, and office spaces. As a result, the Stratford Chefs School has committed to building an open-concept, consolidated campus for its students, faculty, and staff.

Donations made in this category will be put towards further developing the School’s physical infrastructure. Building space for planning job fairs, networking events, and multi-purpose programming will allow both the Stratford culinary and tourism communities a place to forge and strengthen both new and existing industry connections.

With your assistance, a newly purposed facility will allow our students, and by extension our community, to thrive.


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In partnership with DigiWriting Book Marketing Agency

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