Alumni Feature: Ryan Donovan (Richmond Station, Toronto) • Stratford Chefs School

Alumni Feature: Ryan Donovan (Richmond Station, Toronto)



Ryan Donovan, Co-owner of Richmond Station in Toronto, graduated from the Stratford Chefs School in 2005. He returns every year with Richmond Station Chef (and fellow SCS Alumnus), Carl Heinrich, to close out our Canadian Guest Chef dinner series.


What is your favourite restaurant?

Grand Electric (Toronto)


What is your favourite cookbook?

Cooking By Hand- Paul Bertolli


What is your guilty pleasure food?

Nachos and Cheese


What food did you think was over-rated until you tried it?



Favourite knife or kitchen tool?

Boning Knife


What restaurant dish seemed the most intimidating but is actually really easy to make?

Fresh Pasta (P.S: Learn how to make your own at our Open Kitchen classes!)


Favourite ingredient you can’t get enough of right now?

Organic Hen’s Eggs


What is a new technique/flavour you are experimenting with currently?

Gluten Free + Dairy Free Baking


Are there any recipes from SCS you still use?

Chef Neil‘s Lemon Tart!


What is your best SCS memory?

Martin Picard (from Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal) using 20lbs of Foie Gras in 2 dinner labs.


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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