Jenner Tomaska • Stratford Chefs School
Jenner Tomaska

Jenner Tomaska

2020 International Chef in Residence | Former Executive Chef, Next (Chicago)

Jenner grew up in the southern suburbs of Chicago; at 14, he began his professional culinary career as a cook and dishwasher at a local restaurant. He went on to attend Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating with degrees in both Culinary Arts and Food Service Management.

After graduation, Jenner worked in Hilton Head, South Carolina before returning to Chicago to explore the fine dining scene. He eventually found his way, working as a tournant at mk The Restaurant under chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams. After two years at mk, Jenner left to join the team at Next Restaurant, where he was quickly promoted to Sous Chef and then Chef de Cuisine in May 2015. Jenner’s dedication, creativity and drive in the kitchen soon led him to be promoted, once again; in April 2016 he was named Executive Chef of Next, reporting directly to Chef Grant Achatz.

As Executive Chef, Jenner is responsible for the re-conceptualization of the restaurant four times annually, where everything from the cuisine, plate-ware, and service is reimagined. Due to its ever-changing nature, Jenner’s culinary exposure and influence is boundless, lending to his technique and creativity.

Impressively, Jenner’s tenure includes 21 of the 23 menu transitions at Next, 18 four-star Chicago Tribune reviews, and 3 three-star Chicago Tribune reviews. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Rising Star Award and continues to share his knowledge and skill with his ever-growing social media community.


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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