Weekly Update | May 11-17, 2023

May 10, 2023


Happy Mother’s Day to all the dedicated and wonderful mothers in our Stratford Chefs School community!
Did you know that the first Mother’s Day was celebrated in the early 1900s?  After her mother’s passing in 1905, a woman named Anna Jarvis imagined a day for celebrating the sacrifices that mothers make for their families. Anna was determined to have her holiday added to the national calendar because she felt that American holidays were based primarily on male achievements. After only a few years, communities across the United States were celebrating Mother’s Day and in 1914, President Wilson declared the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. It would take Canada only one year to follow suit and recognize the day!
As we look forward to Sunday, May 14, many of us are still looking for that special way to say “Thank You” to the mother figures in our lives. Here at the School, we will be making Madame Benoit’s Maple Walnut Fudge (conveniently, Friday, May 12 is National Fudge Day!). Madame Benoit (1904-1987) was a mother, chef, restaurateur, television presenter, broadcaster, and author. Her 30 plus cookbooks became immediate bestsellers and her recipes are still cherished to this day.
A little box of homemade fudge is the perfect gift for those who have everything. Prepared to share, it stays fresh for two weeks and can be frozen easily. Perhaps you’ll decide to spend some time making a sweet treat for the moms in your life. If so, we can’t think of a better recipe than Madame Benoit’s Maple Walnut Fudge.

OPEN KITCHEN Cooking Classes

There is an Open Kitchen class for every interest! Choose from a variety of hands-on sessions that include favourites like Inspired by Thailand and Sourdough Bread, and new Trade Secrets classes dedicated to Chicken and Eggs. Classes are limited to 12 participants each and sell out quickly – reserve your favourites online now!


Two spots remain!

June 5 – September 22, 2023

* Exclusive Program

* Low Student to Teacher Ratio

* Hands-On Training

* Weekdays

The Summer Program was the beginning of my culinary adventure and it just keeps getting more exciting.” E. Kerr (Class of 2021)
After learning more about Stratford Chefs School Summer Program, it felt right to choose this path to continue my educational journey.” -B. Letman (Class of 2020)

There is no better place to kick-start a culinary career!-S. Riekenbrauck (Class of 2021)
Contact: Elizabeth Kerr 519.271.1414 or admissions@stratfordchef.com.

When I decided to be a chef, I made it a goal to pick the best culinary school in the country to build a solid foundation. I chose the Stratford Chefs School, mostly for its reputation for producing talent, for its intense training program, and for the intimate student – teacher ratio. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am in my career without the connections I made and the skills that I learned there.”
Carl Heinrich | Executive Chef and Co-owner, Richmond Station, Toronto | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2005 | Top Chef Canada 2012
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
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: admissions@stratfordchef.com

Photography by Terry Manzo (SCS Class of 1985)

Posted in Alumni, Blog, Open Kitchen, Recipe
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