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 program.

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How Do I Apply?

Applications are accepted online year-round.

The supporting documentation required with an application includes:

  • Résumé

  • Official High School Transcript, or GED, or the equivalent

  • English Requirements

    All applicants to SCS must be able and prepared to study in English. If English is not your first language, you must show one of the following:

    • Successful completion of an intensive English program for academic purposes at a recognized language school in Canada.
    • A recognized International language test score such as IELTS Academic (Minimum 6.0 with no skill below 5.5)
  • Brief biographical sketch outlining your culinary experiences to date and why you have chosen Stratford Chefs School (500-750 words)

  • Successful Applicants will be contacted for a meeting with our Admissions team

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

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

*Please note that Stratford Chefs School is not registered as a Canadian Designated Learning Institution for the purposes of prospective International student study permits.

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Preparatory Course

The Stratford Chefs School offers an optional 35-hour intensive Preparatory Course for students enrolled in our 32-Week Professional Diploma with Enriched Cook Apprenticeship (if eligible) who wish to learn some key kitchen skills, orient themselves to our kitchens and build confidence before classes begin.

The Preparatory Course takes place during the week preceding Orientation week in 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), books, iPad, equipment and uniform are not included.


Tuition: $8,600*

Additional International Student Fee: $5,000*

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

Preparatory course (optional), books, 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.

Books, iPad, equipment and uniform are not included.

*Canadian Dollars



What Sets Stratford Chefs School Apart

Innovative, World-class Program*

Our unique program model is method-based, hands-on, experiential, work-integrated learning, safely adapted to Covid-19 protocols.

High Quality Program*

An enriched, immersive curriculum with exceptional standards and small classes. Collaborative, experiential learning through practical classes, Dinner Labs, and Dinners To Go, with strict adherence to Public Health requirements.

Expert Instructors

Our approachable Chef Instructors and Guest Chefs bring diverse experience and culinary backgrounds to our collaborative, real-world learning environment.

Not-for-Profit Model

Profits are reinvested into our program and facilities; fundraising helps keep tuition costs realistic.


SCS is widely recognized for training cooks who become the best chefs. Our reputation is built on Alumni success stories.


*This Employment Ontario Apprenticeship In-Class Training is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.  


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