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Applications Accepted Year Round

The supporting documentation required with an application includes:

  • Résumé

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

  • Brief biographical sketch outlining your culinary experiences to date and why you have chosen Stratford Chefs School (500-750 words)

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

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2023 Applications

16-Week Summer Diploma Program

Classes start June 2023

32-Week Professional Diploma with Cook Apprenticeship (if eligible)*

Classes start October 2023



APPLICATIONS now being accepted: The Bruce Hotel Scholarship for Emerging BIPOC Chefs

Initiated and funded by Jennifer Birmingham, owner of The Bruce Hotel in Stratford, Ontario, The Bruce Hotel Scholarship for Emerging BIPOC Chefs will be awarded to one Canadian BIPOC student entering Stratford Chefs School each year, and will cover the full cost of tuition for the 32-week professional program.  LEARN MORE


Read more about Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Aid

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



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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