16-Week Diploma - Stratford Chefs School

16-Week Diploma

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 16-week Diploma program was designed for you!

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.



  • Early June through mid-September

  • Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm


  • Cook: Basic – Level 1 Diploma


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 accepted online year-round.

The supporting documentation required with an application includes:

  • Résumé

  • High School Diploma, or GED, or the equivalent

  • Brief biographical sketch outlining your culinary experiences to date and why you have chosen Stratford Chefs School (500-750 words)

Supporting documentation can be uploaded on the application form, or can be submitted to admin@stratfordchef.com.


Tuition Fees

For Fees information, click the link and search for Stratford Chefs School in the Private Career College Search Service.



Farm to Table Book

The Stratford Chefs School has trained accomplished chefs for decades, and the stories in this book speak to how the school has also shaped the culinary landscape in Perth County, Ontario. Farm to Table pairs Stratford Chefs School alumni chefs with one of their favourite food producers for a culinary adventure through Perth County.


Click the link to learn more about the book and how to purchase your copy today.

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