Alumni Feature | Terry Manzo | Class of 1985

May 7, 2020

As photographer for the Stratford Chefs School, Terry Manzo‘s delectable food shots and vibrant event coverage contribute to our world class reputation. Terry is an SCS Alumna, graduating in our inaugural class of 1985.

A client once said to Terry: “I wish I could see the world through your eyes.”

Terry has been a professional freelance photographer for thirty years. Her photographs combine unique and compelling perspectives with strong technical skills. She has exhibited regularly in Ontario and worked on several ambitious social media projects, posting daily or weekly photographs or photographic collages for a year during 2011, 2013, and 2016.

Many in the Stratford area know and respect her for the photography courses she has been teaching at Gallery Stratford since 1999. Her commercial work encompasses a broad spectrum from publicity, events, products, concerts, and theatre, to people at work and play. Terry’s photographs also grace the pages of the cookbook Farm To Table: Celebrating Stratford Chefs School Alumni, Recipes & Perth County Producers, by Andrew Coppolino.












What is your favourite restaurant?

Locally, Pazzo.

What is your favourite cookbook?

What is your guilty pleasure food?

Thai Green Curry Chicken

What food did you think was over-rated until you tried it?

Foie Gras

Favourite knife or kitchen tool?

What restaurant dish seemed the most intimidating but is actually really easy to make?


Favourite ingredient you can’t get enough of right now?

What is a new technique/flavour you are experimenting with currently?

Naan bread.

Are there any recipes from SCS you still use?

Yes, fish soup.

What is your best SCS memory?

So many good ones, but laughing so hard in Billy [Munnelly]‘s wine class that a few us were asked to leave.

I also loved talking about favourite foods in [SCS co-founder] Eleanor [Kane]’s gastronomy class. So many good stories. My fav was, and still is a tomato. I remember clearly the first time I ate a whole tomato like an apple. I was at the beach with my family and we were surrounded, as you are in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, by Italian families picnicking and playing baci, and they were eating whole tomatoes. I was hooked.


Alumni Feature introduction text is excerpted from:

Farm To Table:
Celebrating Stratford Chefs School Alumni, Recipes & Perth County Producers

By Andrew Coppolino  Photos by Terry Manzo















Since the School’s beginning in 1983, our intensive, entrepreneurial program has provided grads like Terry a solid foundation to pursue employment opportunities in diverse areas of the Hospitality, Food and Beverage industry, and beyond!

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