Alumni Testimonials - Stratford Chefs School

Alumni Testimonials

“When I decided to be a chef, I made it a goal to pick the best culinary school in the country to build a solid foundation. I chose the Stratford Chefs School, mostly for its reputation for producing talent, for its intense training program, and for the intimate student – teacher ratio. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am in my career without the connections I made and the skills that I learned there.”

Carl Heinrich | Executive Chef and Co-owner, Richmond Station, Toronto | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2005 | Top Chef Canada 2012








“I found my time as a student at Stratford Chefs School instrumental in providing me with the tools and knowledge for success in the early stages of my career. It gave me a strong foundation which I was able to build upon through my experiences abroad.”

Eric Robertson | Chef, The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette, Niagara | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2011







“The Stratford Chefs School offers an unparalleled learning environment in which students are immersed in a hands on, realistic approach of what to expect in the culinary industry. My experience at the Stratford Chefs School exposed me to various cuisines, a limitless spectrum of cooking techniques, and an opportunity to work directly with renowned chefs. The calibre of the instructors, and their cumulative experience in the field, laid the foundation on which I could build the confidence I needed in order to pursue my career path.”

Yva Santini | Executive Chef, Pazzo Taverna, Stratford | Stratford Chefs School Class Of 2009








“The education I received here allowed me to immediately write my Red Seal and step into a management position. The experience and knowledge of the Chef Instructors surpasses any other course or program I’ve looked at. The level of knowledge learned by graduates of SCS is also far superior than any other graduate students I’ve seen first hand that apply for a job at my business. As an older student I had doubts, but SCS gave me the support and determination to finish the program. Turns out it was the best decision of my life! Thank You SCS!!

Vanessa Wagar | Manager, The Scone Witch, Ottawa | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2015







“Since graduating and spending a lot of time with folks who didn’t go to SCS, I realise the incredible breadth of this education. Being exposed to so many different menus, techniques and disciplines has been incredibly valuable in the workplace. I have a confidence and cultivated instinct to effectively problem solve; and the knowledge not just to understand how to do something but *why*. I can’t wait to learn more and more, armed with this amazing foundation, provided by SCS.”

Ashley Burnie | Current Position: Backhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2018






“The information taught at SCS takes choices from a matter of opinion and habit to being researched and thought out. I find that my voice and style as a Chef are respected because my SCS education has given me such a stable foundation that is well respected throughout the industry. Courses such as Commodities and Gastronomy have provided me with the inspiration to aim for a Masters Degree in Food Studies. Without these courses, I would not have experienced such great stepping stones toward research in food and culture.”

Donna Borooah | Chef Instructor | Dish Cooking Studio, Lucy Waverman for The Globe and Mail and Food & Drink Magazine | Stratford Chefs School Class of 2016




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5 Reasons to Train at Stratford Chefs School



Innovative Program

Our unique program model is method-based, hands-on, experiential, work-integrated learning.

High Quality Program

An enriched, immersive curriculum with exceptional standards and small classes.

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.

Applications are now open for our Cook Apprenticeship Program!
Classes start October 22, 2019


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