A butler for a modern era: The Globe and Mail speaks to Christopher Cantlon.

January 8, 2024


Christopher Cantlon | A butler for a modern era.

We’re thrilled to share The Globe and Mail‘s news feature on Christopher Cantlon – private butler and a Dinner Lab Service Instructor at Stratford Chefs School – written by Ann Hui.

Demographics reporter Ann Hui, author of bestseller Chop Suey Nation, is the School’s 2023 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer-in-Residence.

Congratulations on this recognition, Christopher!

Written by Ann Hui, Demographics Reporter, The Globe and Mail

Photos by Christopher Katsarov, The Globe and Mail

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 rrudner@stratfordchef.com 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



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Photography by Terry Manzo (SCS Class of 1985)

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