José Matamoros • Stratford Chefs School
José Matamoros

José Matamoros

Canadian Guest Chef 2020, 2019 | El Catrin (Toronto) | Class of 2016

Chef José Matamoros was born in Chihuahua, Mexico where he grew up and lived until his 20’s. After graduating from University, José moved to Toronto, Ontario in 2006, where he realized cooking was what he loved and formally started working as a cook.

His first real kitchen job was at the “Little Fish” in Toronto with Chef Carey Wesenberg, whom he considers his first mentor; then he moved to the Distillery District where he worked at Pure Spirits and El Catrin for 6 years.

In 2015 he joined Stratford Chefs School and after graduating was granted the opportunity to work at La Grenouillere in France and Villa Mangiacane in Italy. He was the Chef de Cuisine at La Reina restaurant in Guelph and is now at El Catrin, Toronto.

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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