Fast-Track Your Culinary Career This Summer!

April 9, 2024

Fast-Track Your Culinary Career This Summer

Our immersive 16-Week Summer Culinary Program provides students with the opportunity to earn a Cook: Basic Level 1 Diploma in only 16 weeks, through intensive hands-on training from June to September.

Dive into a vibrant experience with small classes and exceptional instructors. Classes are in the daytime Monday through Friday, so you can enjoy your evenings and weekends off, and discover the charm of Stratford in your free moments.

This Ontario Career College (OCC) Program is ideal foundation for career changers, or anyone ready to launch a culinary career.

Contact for more information or to arrange a campus tour.


What our Students Say:

Instructors truly care about food and sharing their knowledge with their students. Thanks to all who made this such a great experience. 

“10/10 Would Recommend.”
– @jack_vahramian_

“One of the best experiences of my life, grateful for all the amazing people I got to work with. The amount [of] knowledge I gained is beyond what I could have ever imagined.”
– @jackzittlau.cooks

OPEN KITCHEN Public Cooking Classes

Classes through September 2024 are on sale now!

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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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