Frank Parhizgar • Stratford Chefs School
Frank Parhizgar

Frank Parhizgar

Canadian Guest Chef 2020 | FK

Frank Parhizgar / Chef & Owner FK

After a two year apprenticeship at a 2 Michelin Star restaurant in Lyons, France, Frank returned to Toronto and worked at some of the city’s finest restaurants. He then completed a stage under the critically acclaimed Jean-Georges Vongerichten in New York City. He later served as Head Chef of Toronto institution, Centro for 5 years and then as Executive Chef to Marc Thuet.

Frank and his partner Shawn Cooper opened up Frank’s Kitchen in 2010 and FK in 2018, both to critical acclaim. Frank has received his Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Most recently, he placed Silver for the Great Canadian Kitchen Party/Golden Plates and was one of an elite group of top chefs asked to participate in the esteemed Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival.

Frank’s Kitchen and FK has been lauded by highly regarded top Toronto food critics such as James Chatto, Amy Pataki and Joanne Kates.

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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