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Culinary art, education, and fine dining rolled into one

It’s true that food is a part of our culture in Stratford—that’s why we’re lucky to have the Stratford Chefs School right in our city. This not-for-profit career college is focused on innovative, hands-on training from high-quality, aspiring chefs and culinary entrepreneurs. 

Whether training students for a career in food at the Stratford Chefs School or sharing tips during hands-on cooking classes for home cooks, these culinary mentors are always striving to bring the best to you. 

“I came to Stratford to attend the Stratford Chefs School thinking it would be a 2-year stopover in my life. That was 12 years ago! The farm-to-table ideals espoused by Stratford Chefs School and the world class products grown in and around Stratford are the central influences in my cooking style.” – Ryan O’Donnell, Executive Chef at Windsor Hospitality.

Under the guidance of the School’s faculty of acclaimed local chefs and guest chefs from Canada and around the world, students produce dishes worthy of the world’s best restaurants. Since its founding in 1983, the School has graduated more than 800 alumni who now contribute to our distinctive Canadian cuisine. 

The Chef’s School cares about your health and safety. As per current Public Health regulations they have introduced a number of strict health and safety measures. Read more about these measures here .

When are you planning to enjoy a meal from the renowned chefs-in-training? Create your Diner Profile, view menus and reserve your table online by going here.  Or call them at 519-271-1414. 

FALL | WINTER | 2020-21
Professional Program & Dining Series
Between October and March, the Stratford Chefs School is proud to offer a celebrated Dinner Series. For this event, students prepare and serve innovative four- to six-course dinner menus for the public, under the tutelage of professional chefs from our community and across Canada. 

Dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday while school is in session. The Dinner Series is an essential part of the Students’ experiential training, enabling them to gain real-world experience in a professional kitchen. 

In Stratford, good food is a part of our essence, and you can taste our student’s passion with every meal. Come take part in their journey and experience some extraordinary dining. 
Dinner Seatings: 6:30pm, 6:45pm, or 7:00pm

NEW for 2020:
SCS Take Home Prix Fixe Dinners
Looking to enjoy the culinary arts from home or your hotel? No problem. The Stratford Chefs School has introduced a take-home version of its classic multi-course menu. 

Menus are adapted from the nightly prix fixe Dine-In menu. Each meal is prepared by different students every week under one of the Chef Instructors. Simply pre-pay for your pick up order online and savour a fantastic dinner at home.

Winter Scheduled to be announced soon!
Making home meals easy with Open Kitchen @ Home
The Stratford Chefs School is (virtually) bringing Open Kitchen class to your house with Open Kitchen @ Home meal kits and video instruction.

The Stratford Chefs School is (virtually) bringing Open Kitchen class to your house with Open Kitchen @ Home meal kits and video instruction

Chef Instructor Eli Silverthorne has planned the menus and will do all the prep; you just have to finish cooking. All the chef-prepped, pre-measured, farm-to-table ingredients you need are packed in the kit. A detailed downloadable recipe booklet with full instructions and video tutorials are provided.

Chef Eli’s video instruction will show you how to finish and plate your meal. Prep is easy too, with pre-recorded video instructions. Why not show off your fresh, new cooking skills?

Featured Meal Kits include Greek Cuisine, tantalizing Asian-inspired Steam Buns, a Mediterranean Platter, the Ultimate Burger and sous-vide Steak. Other favourites include the vibrant flavour of the Southern French and an authentic Mexican Meal. A Sourdough Starter is also available, hop on that at-home baking bandwagon with ease.

Open Kitchen @ Home offerings and schedule are subject to change. New Winter schedule to be announced soon. Check current availability on the SCS website .

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