Justin Dafoe • Stratford Chefs School
Justin Dafoe

Justin Dafoe

SCS Class of 2013 | Canadian Guest Chef 2017, 2018, 2020

My name is Justin Dafoe. After years of cooking different cuisines, styles, and under some great, talented chefs, I have developed a love for fine dining, and techniques that showcase the greatness of the ingredients themselves. My style is pulled from many backgrounds of food, especially French and Asian methods. I have worked on both the east and west coast of Canada, and spent time in San Francisco, at Coi. Another great influence has been my time spent at The Bruce Hotel, under Chef Arron Carley, here in Stratford. I am currently working in Ingersoll, Ontario, as Sous Chef of The Elmhurst Inn.

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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