Akeela R. • Stratford Chefs School

Akeela R.

Name: Akeela R.

Hometown: Born in London, England and raised in Caledon East, Ontario

Top Achievement: Without a doubt, the most significant and remarkable part of my life is and always will be, my daughter. It has been said, “Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage and the like. More than anything, it is about how we treat other people”. Above anything I have ever experienced so far, is the realization and belief that goodness of character, trumps everything in life. No matter what your “Top Achievement” is or will be, without integrity, you are no one. I have never measured my success by things that I have accomplished, which I would say are very few, but more in how I have loved and treated others. If integrity could be considered a top achievement, I would say it is one that I strive for daily.

Favourite Food: My mother’s Osso Bucco!

Quirky Fact: I have a major problem with teensy weensy miniature “anything’s” like little hotel soaps/shampoos, minuscule tobasco bottles, tiny mustard jars, baby clothes, you get the picture…

Career Goal: It is my hope to one day run my own successful catering business with a side focus on cooking classes.

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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