Admissions Requirements - Stratford Chefs School

Admissions Requirements

Applications Accepted Year Round

The Stratford Chefs School’s immersive, hands-on program model is built on the belief that a harmonious mix of practical and theoretical courses exposes students to all aspects of cuisine and facilitates the student’s development into a skilled and thoughtful chef.

Stratford Chefs School develops Canadian chefs through a uniquely industry-driven program, which provides students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of classical cuisines, as well as the business knowledge for operating successful restaurants in today’s market.

The Stratford Chefs School program requires intensive work both in and out of the kitchen, along with physical and mental stamina.

Admissions is based on an assessment of a candidate’s career goals, educational background and achievement, work experience, personal achievements, communication skills and maturity, as well as their suitability to the Stratford Chefs School programs.


  • Mid-October through early March

  • Rotating Schedule – Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


  • Diploma in Cookery (two-year)

  • Certificate of Apprenticeship (if eligible)

Making Pasta

How Do I Apply?

Applications are accepted online year-round.

The supporting documentation required with an application includes:

  • Résumé

  • High School Diploma, or GED, or the equivalent

  • Brief biographical sketch outlining your culinary experiences to date and why you have chosen Stratford Chefs School (500-750 words)

Supporting documentation can be uploaded on the application form, or can be submitted to

While we do accept applications from International students, the focus of our 32-Week Professional Diploma with Cook Apprenticeship (if eligible) is on Canadian students.

Preparatory Course

The Stratford Chefs School offers an optional 35-hour intensive Preparatory Course for students enrolled in our 32-Week Professional Diploma with Cook Apprenticeship (if eligible) who may wish to brush up on their kitchen skills and confidence before classes begin.

The Preparatory Course takes place during the week preceding Orientation week (early October), and covers basic techniques in cooking, pastry, sanitation and safety.

Students who complete the Preparatory Course earn valuable knowledge and gain the confidence necessary to best prepare them for the beginning of classes.

Enrolment in the Preparatory Course is determined through the Admissions process.

The fee for the Preparatory Course is $900*


Tuition Fees


Tuition: $8,600*

Includes: e-manuals, Ministry seat fee, security deposit, group insurance, in-class meals, three group meals, all class fees, sanitation exam fees and administrative fees.

Preparatory course (optional), College of Trades membership fee, iPad, equipment and uniform are not included.



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Tuition: $8,500*

Includes: e-manuals, Ministry seat fee, group insurance, in-class meals, three group meals, all class fees, Red Seal exam prep course, graduation fees and administrative fees.

College of Trades membership fee, iPad, equipment and uniform are not included.

*Canadian Dollars


A Letter from Admissions

Admissions Officer

We’d love to hear from you!

My name is Bob Friesen and I’m the Admissions Officer for Stratford Chefs School. We offer a two-year cookery apprenticeship program in Stratford, Ontario, where we invite world-renowned chefs to train with our students.

I’d like to schedule a visit to your school this year to share a short presentation with you about our culinary program. Alternatively, if you would like to visit Stratford and see our new facilities, we’d love to offer you a tour and presentation about who we are and what we do.

I’m also very interested in participating at your next career/job fair.  If you’re hosting such an event (or something similar) at your school or in your area, please share my contact information with your coordinator(s).

Contact me at and let me know a possible date when I can visit your school or schedule a group tour here in Stratford.

Yours in food,

Bob Friesen

Admissions Officer

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Office:        519.271.1414
Text:           519.949.2049


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