Andrew Coppolino • Stratford Chefs School
Andrew Coppolino

Andrew Coppolino

Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence 2022

With a career spanning nearly two decades, Andrew Coppolino is a self-described local food and restaurant ambassador” dedicated 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.

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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