Weekly Update | February 16-22, 2023

February 15, 2023

GALA Dinner & Auction


Thanks to supporters like you, the Stratford Chefs School has made a difference in this community for 40 years! We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us on Friday, March 10 at The Bruce Hotel. As our venue partner, The Bruce Hotel will set the stage for an evening of wonderful food curated by the SCS Chef Instructor Team and the Graduating Class of 2023, tasty beverages by Nickel 9 Distillery and Black Swan Brewery, along with fabulous silent and live auctions hosted by Shackleton’s Auction Co.
The evening will include a Cocktail & Canapé reception, four course dinner with wine pairings, and live entertainment. Tickets are $175 per person and will sell out soon!

Specially priced overnight packages at The Bruce Hotel are also available to add to your Gala ticket purchase. Reserve now!

Thank you to our sponsors:
The Bruce Hotel
Black Swan Brewing Co.
Nickel 9 Distillery

Featured Canadian Guest Chef: Rafael Covarrubias

Rafa Covarrubias, Executive Chef of HEXAGON Restaurant and 7 Enoteca, Oakville will join us as Canadian Guest Chef on Wednesday, March 1.
Born in Querétaro, Mexico, Covarrubias left at age 17 to pursue a culinary career that brought him to Canada. Covarrubias joined Hexagon Restaurant and 7 Enoteca by way of Market Restaurant in Calgary, Alberta as part of the opening team for Hexagon Restaurant in February of 2017.

In 2022, Hexagon climbed to #42 on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list. Chef Covarrubias received the One to Watch award issued by Canada’s 100 Best and was the Winner of the North American San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition – considered the most prestigious competition for young chefs – in New York City in November 2019.

We’re thrilled to have Chef Covarrubias at the School as a Canadian Guest Chef for a second time. Book a table while you can, this dinner will sell out soon!

Canadian Guest Chef Dinner Series

Canadian Guest Chef Dinners continue through March 3, and are filling up quickly. Book your table now to avoid disappointment!

Do the cold days of February have you thinking about SUMMER?


Classes commence on Monday, June 5, 2023 and are scheduled Monday through Friday.
I feel like SCS chose me. After learning more about Stratford Chefs School, touring the facilities, and getting to know the city of Stratford, it felt right to choose this path to continue my educational journey.”
-Bailee Letman | Summer Program 2019 | Class of 2020
Call us NOW to find out about the advantages of this unique program. Limited spaces available.
Contact: Elizabeth Kerr 519.271.1414 or admissions@stratfordchef.com.

When I decided to be a chef, I made it a goal to pick the best culinary school in the country to build a solid foundation. I chose the Stratford Chefs School, mostly for its reputation for producing talent, for its intense training program, and for the intimate student – teacher ratio. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am in my career without the connections I made and the skills that I learned there.”
Carl Heinrich | Executive Chef and Co-owner, Richmond Station, Toronto | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2005 | Top Chef Canada 2012
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
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



QUESTIONS? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or email Admissions at: admissions@stratfordchef.com

Photography by Terry Manzo (SCS Class of 1985)

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