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October 23, 2023

Student Chef Restaurant Lab Dinners

Students are back in class for our 40th School year! Join us for a new season of exceptional Student Chef Dinners, beginning with the Modern Classics Series. Book your reservation online now!
Student Chef Dinners
Student Chef Dinners

Meet Our New Lab Instructor: Julian Palmer

Welcome back Julian Palmer! A grad in our Class of 2020, Chef Julian returns to the School as Lab Cookery Instructor for Tuesday evening Dinner Labs. After graduating with honours, Julian began as a sous chef at Braai House in Stratford and quickly progressed to Chef de Cuisine where he began to focus on fermentation and wood fire-based cuisines.
Julian is currently teaching culinary programs at Fanshawe College and is the consulting chef for Matilda Swanson Gallery, a new small plates restaurant and art gallery in Stratford. Reserve a Tuesday Chefs School dinner and say hello!


Level 2 Students prepare and serve innovative 4 or more course menus inspired by 40 years of the School’s leading recipes, under the tutelage of Chef Instructors.

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



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Photography by Terry Manzo (SCS Class of 1985)

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