Rafael Covarrubias • Stratford Chefs School
Rafael Covarrubias

Rafael Covarrubias

Canadian Guest Chef

Born in Querétaro, Mexico, Covarrubias left at age 17 to pursue a culinary career that brought him to Canada. Covarrubias joined Hexagon Restaurant and 7 Enoteca by way of MARKET Restaurant in Calgary, Alberta as part of the opening team for Hexagon Restaurant in February of 2017.

Covarrubias was the Winner of the North American San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition in New York City in November 2019. Internationally considered the most prestigious competition for young chefs, the San Pellegrino Young Chef Awards celebrate the future of gastronomy.


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.


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