I grew up in rural Ontario, surrounded by farms and beautiful produce. My mom was a firm believer in heading to the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market every weekend to pick up the freshest produce possible. She insisted on eating local seasonal ingredients, and now I like to apply the same concept when designing menu items.
Both Alumni and SCS Faculty, Randi and Mike are also the Chef Team creating delicious and gigantic from scratch submarine sandwiches this summer at Somewhere A Restaurant’s innovative new pop up sub shoppe in downtown Stratford, where they make just about everything themselves.
After his first year at the Stratford Chefs School, Tom Giannakopoulos (Class of 2017) said “I now know what I don’t know.”
Tom had cooking experience gained through his family’s restaurants in Stratford, the city in which he grew up. “From the time I was 13 years old, I’ve been working in restaurants,” Giannakopoulos says, adding that attending the School was a natural progression from what he’d already been doing.
When The Waterlot closed in 2016, I began renting the kitchen and building my catering business. Within a year, I began selling prepared foods out of the kitchen, and had the grand opening of The Garden Stand in 2018 in downtown New Hamburg, where I continue to work alongside my customized catering business…
From the Stratford Chefs School, Tim Otsuki’s culinary career has taken him around the world, evolving with each dish and each cuisine, from Hong Kong, to the Caribbean to Toronto, and back to Stratford; Chef Otsuki is eager to share the cross cultural fusion of freely adapted recipes from his own experiences at his restaurant The Common, where the motto is: Eat Without Borders.
I grew up in a household full of good food, a love for travel and great books. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with some facet of food. Through my time at SCS I developed a strong culinary repertoire and a curiosity for international cuisine. My career has allowed me to travel the world learning from chefs, street and market vendors, and I’ve made friends along the way. I’ve always enjoyed the continued learning that comes with being a chef, so deciding to transition to the world of culinary teaching is an exciting next step in my career.
Chef Cameron Stauch (SCS Class of 1999) recommends this recipe as an intro to his book “Vegetarian Viet Nam”. It’s bursting with fresh herbal flavours, crunchy textures and a sweet chili dressing. Most of the ingredients can be found at major grocers (Vietnamese coriander may require a trip to Chinatown)…