Shu Zhang • Stratford Chefs School
Shu Zhang

Shu Zhang

Canadian Guest Chef, Class of 2011

Chef Shu Zhang (SCS Class of 2011) is a Chinese Canadian who was born in Shanghai and moved to Toronto with her family at a young age. She always had a love for food (mainly eating it), and decided to pursue a career in the culinary arts, discovering that she was actually kind of good at it!

She got her official start at Stratford Chefs School, and her first fine dining job at Rundles. After that, she decided to travel, and has since worked and staged in Shanghai, Copenhagen, London, Barcelona, Toronto, and many other cities and countries. Shu takes her inspiration from all corners of the globe, and is currently the sous-chef at Vela, in Toronto.




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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