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January 23, 2024

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26

You will not want to miss our opulent End of Year Gala celebrating our Class of 2024 and the 40th Anniversary of the Stratford Chefs School. We’re thrilled that Elora Mill Hotel & Spa, one of Canada’s premiere Hotels, is our generous venue partner this year. Mark your calendar now for Sunday, March 10, 2024 for a fabulous celebration in support of Stratford Chefs School.

The evening will include:

* Bubbly and Hors d’Oeuvres

An exquisite multi-course Stratford Chefs School Dinner with curated wines.

Exciting Silent and Live Auctions of unique items and experiences.

Menu and Dinner execution by the SCS Chef Instructor Team and Graduating Class of 2024.

Gala Tickets are $225 per person and will go on sale this Friday, January 26!

Stay the Night | Luxurious accommodations at Elora Mill will be available to book when you reserve your Gala event tickets, starting at $550 + tax per room. Breakfast is included in room price.

Get a Ride | Return Coach transportation from Stratford to Elora will be available to book when you reserve your Gala tickets, for a small additional charge (limited capacity).

Start getting your group together now.
Watch for our on-sale announcement on Friday!

Calling all Hospitality Employers

After a COVID-related hiatus, the Stratford Chefs School Job Fair will return on Monday, February 5, 2024. This event will be held from 2-3:30 pm in the SCS dining room at 136 Ontario Street. The student job seekers attending will be a mix of graduating students looking for their next steps, and current students looking for positions for their internship period in the summer between Level 1 and Level 2. Alumni and hospitality job-seekers in the community are also welcome to attend!

Space is limited. Please email Randi Rudner at with questions or to reserve a table.



Delicious food, inventive and so eagerly and happily presented and consumed!! I love dining at the Chefs School.

-Rosemary, October 31, 2023


The intersection of education, hospitality and passion at which the SCS Staff live and work is phenomenal, and the dedication and care that they each bring to every aspect of their role at the Chefs School is the reason that this institution is so special. I’ve learned so very much about this industry and about life while I’ve been here, but the biggest lesson I will take away from any of this is the importance of giving a damn. All of you give a damn, and it has changed lives at this place since 1983.”

Jonathon Farrell | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2023 Valedictorian

The Stratford Chefs School provides the training to create world-class chefs who are comfortable working in any kitchen environment. Its immersive, approachable, interactive curriculum provided me with the tools and confidence that I needed early on in my career to make the transition from the school setting to the workforce. Perhaps most important to me are the lasting friendships that were made, the ongoing support from the SCS community, and exciting collaborations with other alumni.”

Alondra Galvez | Owner/Chef, El Cactus Taco Shop | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2003

The Stratford Chefs School offers an unparalleled learning environment in which students are immersed in a hands-on, realistic approach of what to expect in the culinary industry. My experience at the Stratford Chefs School exposed me to various cuisines, a limitless spectrum of cooking techniques, and an opportunity to work directly with renowned chefs. The calibre of the instructors, and their cumulative experience in the field, laid the foundation on which I could build the confidence I needed in order to pursue my career path.”

Yva Santini | Chef, The Flour Mill, St. Marys | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2009

At the Chefs School, I was given the opportunity to challenge myself, and expand the limits of my culinary skill and knowledge. SCS gave me the ability to trust in my own skill and allowed me to expand my knowledge. Now I confidently pass that skill and knowledge to my students.”

Mel Athulathmudali | Teacher, Strata Montessori | Owner, Chef Mel Catering | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2016



QUESTIONS? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or email Admissions at:

Photography by Terry Manzo (SCS Class of 1985)

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