Weekly Update | June 10-16, 2022 | Graduation, and more! • Stratford Chefs School

Weekly Update | June 10-16, 2022 | Graduation, and more!

Congratulations! | Graduation 2022

On Sunday, June 5, the Stratford Chefs School held its first Graduation Ceremony since 2019 at the Stratford Festival’s Paul D. Fleck Marquee. One of only a handful of culinary institutions successful at offering in-person, hands-on-learning during the global pandemic, we were thrilled to welcome back graduates from 2020, 2021, and 2022.
Executive Director Kim Cosgrove summed up the experience, stating:
It was such a pleasure to have been able to hold our Graduation Ceremony. COVID-19 brought numerous challenges to the functioning of the School. The process was incredibly challenging, but I am lucky to have a core team of staff who are invested, engaged, dedicated and dependable. Our newest Graduates dealt with the many pandemic challenges with flexibility, grace, and often a few tears. I am so immensely proud of all of them.“
Class of 2022
Members of the Class of 2021
Members of the Class of 2020
After delays, lockdowns, and industry uncertainty, three classes of Stratford Chefs School graduates were recognized for their achievements. As diplomas and awards were presented, there were rounds of applause, warm embraces, a Marquee full of good cheer, a few tears, and a collective sigh of relief.
Touted as one of the top culinary schools in Canada, Stratford Chefs School offers a two year, 32-week Professional Program leading to candidacy for Red Seal certification. Open Kitchen classes are held for the public from April through October. For more programming information, visit www.stratfordchef.com.

Daniel Cassar | Class of 2022

Daniel Cassar | Class of 2022 Valedictorian

‘Open Kitchen’ Classes Continue

Attention Foodies! Our Open Kitchen cooking class program, led by Chef Instructor Eli Silverthorne, is up and running through September, with 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 Immersion Circulators for sous vide, Smokers and Knife Sharpening.⁠
‘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)

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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