Jonathan Rennie • Stratford Chefs School
Jonathan Rennie

Jonathan Rennie

Canadian Guest Chef

Jon Rennie has always been fascinated by food. As a child he would consistently order the one thing on a menu he had never tried, often to his parents’ chagrin as it would be the most expensive item. He began cooking as a teen making family dinners regularly, experimenting with flavours on patient parents, learning from his mistakes, and pushing himself to always move forward.

Jon attended George Brown College, finding John Higgins to be a wonderful mentor who shared his excitement for flavour: “Flavour is King.”

Spending most of his career in Waterloo Region, Jon is returning to the kitchen alongside longtime friend, sommelier and colleague Wes Klassen at odd duck wine and provisions. Having been awarded a top ten spot in the 2022 Air Canada EnRoute magazine for best new pop-ups, the pair, along with business partner Rob Corrigan, are opening their re-imagined life in restaurants as a brick and mortar restaurant in Kitchener, Ontario this spring.

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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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