Jesse Way • Stratford Chefs School
Jesse Way

Jesse Way

Canadian Guest Chef, Alumni

Jesse Way grew up in Stratford, Ontario, surrounded by some of Canada’s best chefs, farmers, and the great support of the local community. He worked in the restaurant industry from a young age, which led him to enrol at Stratford Chefs School in 2013, graduating in 2015. Stratford Chefs School provided Jesse with all of the tools he needed to succeed in his culinary career.

Jesse is passionate about the hospitality industry, and has a particular love for the outdoors, wild game, seafood, and vegetables. He enjoys developing recipes, and understands that flavour development works best when surrounded by exceptional products. Jesse is Head Chef at Griffith Island Club, on a private island in Big Bay, ON, and spends any free time granted to him during his island work day near the garden or at the bee hives, watching his produce grow and making changes over time, while the bees are busy at work. To quote Chef Jesse: “Simple flavours and appreciating the products can and will change the whole dish.”


Photo: Terry Manzo

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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