Summer Diploma Program

Are you an aspiring chef? Just starting out? Or looking for a career change? Eager to start working full time in the hospitality industry? Our Summer Diploma program was designed for you!

The Summer Diploma program offers the same 16 week curriculum as Level 1 (the first half of our 32-week Professional Diploma program), delivered on a modified Summer schedule.

The program begins by teaching the basic skills and techniques from both French and Italian classic culinary traditions and evolves into contemporary, cutting edge and International technique and skill set training.

Hands-on cooking classes run five days a week (four savoury-focused and one pastry-focused) and are complemented by theoretical course components for a complete culinary curriculum.

The theory curriculum focuses on expanding student knowledge in subjects related to the culinary and hospitality fields including: service, sanitation, communications, writing, food costing, food history, nutrition, gastronomy, wine and kitchen management.

Next Intake Schedule:

June – September 2023


  • Cook: Basic – Level 1 Diploma

  • ADVANCED.fst 3rd. Ed. Management Level Certificate in Food Safety Training (if eligible)

Admission Requirements

Stratford Chefs School develops Canadian chefs through a uniquely industry-driven program, which provides students with a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of classical cuisines, as well as the business knowledge for operating successful restaurants in today’s market.

The Stratford Chefs School program requires intensive work both in and out of the kitchen, along with physical and mental stamina.

Admissions is based on an assessment of a candidate’s career goals, educational background and achievement, work experience, personal achievements, communication skills and maturity, as well as their suitability to the Stratford Chefs School programs.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are now open for Summer 2023.

The supporting documentation required with an application includes:

  • Résumé

  • Official High School or Post-Secondary Transcript, or GED, or the equivalent

  • English Requirements

    All applicants to SCS must be able and prepared to study in English. If English is not your first language, you must show one of the following:

    • Successful completion of an intensive English program for academic purposes at a recognized language school in Canada.
    • A recognized International language test score such as IELTS Academic (Minimum 6.0 with no skill below 5.5)
  • Brief biographical sketch outlining your culinary experiences to date and why you have chosen Stratford Chefs School (500-750 words)

  • Successful applicants will be contacted for a meeting with our Admissions team

  • Qualified graduates of this program may be invited directly into the second half – Level 2 – of our 32-Week Professional Program if space is available

Supporting documentation can be uploaded on the application form, or can be submitted to

*Please note that Stratford Chefs School is not registered as a Canadian Designated Learning Institution for the purposes of prospective International student study permits.

International Students do not require a study permit for this program as it is less than 6-months in length.

Applicants from non-designated countries may need to apply for a travel visa to attend this program.

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DOMESTIC Tuition: $8,240 + Fees ($160) and E-manuals ($200) = $8600 CAD Domestic Total

INTERNATIONAL Tuition: $13,240 + Fees ($160) and E-Manuals ($200) = $13,600 CAD International Total


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