Weekly Update | August 11-17, 2022

August 10, 2022


Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer In Residence 2022

Stratford Chefs School is thrilled to welcome Andrew Coppolino as this year’s Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer In Residence(JHGWIR). Currently food columnist with CBC Radio Kitchener-Waterloo, Coppolino is a former writing and communications instructor at the School and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and culinary passion to share with students during this upcoming school year.
I have long admired the important work done by the Stratford Chefs School and the passion and commitment to the industry that their students exhibit,” said Coppolino. “I look forward to working with them and sharing the diverse food narratives and histories during my tenure as Writer In Residence. I’m looking forward to learning from them too.”
ANDREW COPPOLINO | Photo: Terry Manzo
With a career spanning nearly two decades, Coppolino is a self-described local food and restaurant ambassadordedicated to promoting culinary businesses and advocating for chefs and restaurants.
His work in food writing began after a two-year stint as an apprentice cook at Peter Martin’s 20 King Restaurant in Kitchener, Ontario. “The work was hard and the hours long, but it taught me a lot about the industry and my passion for it – though, I must admit, it also prompted me to pursue a career on the other side of the kitchen pass! If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” Coppolino said.
Food columnist for Metroland Media Group and Waterloo Region Tourism, Coppolino is former restaurant reviewer for the Waterloo Region Record and author of Farm To Table: Celebrating Stratford Chefs School Alumni, Recipes and Perth County Producers (Swan Parade Press) and co-author of Cooking with Shakespeare (Greenwood Press). He is currently writing a memoir.
Coppolino joins a respected list of Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writers In Residence including Jane Sigal, James Chatto, Ian Brown, Corby Kummer, New York chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton and Bob Blumer. As the JHGWIR, Coppolino will share his optimistic vision for a strong food landscape that requires skilled and creative chefs and restaurants serving knowledgeable consumers who appreciate the complex art, craft and science of one of Canada’s most important sectors, the food and hospitality industry.

Mark Your Calendar!

Stratford Chefs School Open House
Sunday August 28

Drop in between 9am and 11am for Kitchen Tours and Treats
136 Ontario Street, Stratford Ontario

Hosted by Elizabeth Kerr, Director of Marketing and Admissions Development

Register Now for our next WEBINAR

Attention Foodies! Our Open Kitchen cooking class program, led by Chef Instructor Eli Silverthorne, is running through September, and has something for everyone!
‘Get Cooking!⁠’ classes are intensive workshops focused on themed recipes, such as our classes on Vegetarian cooking, and a variety of International cuisines like SpainGreeceChinaIndiaIsrael, and others.⁠
‘How Do I Use That?’⁠ classes are informative workshops that demonstrate new-to-you kitchen tools or gadgets such as Knife Sharpening, Immersion Circulators for sous vide, and Smokers.⁠
‘Trade Secrets’⁠ focuses on exploring a cooking technique, dish or product, such as quick meals, the ultimate burgerfast fermented breads,⁠ pasta-making, and more.
Classes are hands-on and limited in size. Check out the schedule and book your spots early!
Review our current Safety Measures.




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, JHGWIR, Open Kitchen
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