Culinary Capers

October 2015| Newsletter

In This Edition:

The Stratford Chefs School welcomes back our students and instructors!

We look forward to launching our 32nd season with the SCS community and celebrate the success of students and alumni.

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SCS at Taste Canada's Cook the Books

Held in Toronto at the Food and Wine Festival on September 19 and 20 Taste Canada Cooks the Books is a cooking competition that invites Canadian culinary students from across the nation to compete for the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs.

Presented by Taste Canada's Food Writing Awards student teams are paired with a Taste Canada culinary author and given the challenge to recreate a recipe from the author’s cookbook, along with their own signature garnish.

We are very proud of our incoming level two students Mel Athulathmudali, Donna Borooah and Emma Baker for competing. Their version of Wild Spring Salmon Sushi Rolls from Lisa Ahier's The SoBo Cookbook: Recipes from Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road was a success. Chef Ryan O'Donnell ('10) was on hand to support and mentor.

SCS did not bring home the trophy this year but we extend a congratulations to the winning team from Montreal under the instruction of SCS alumnus Chef Alain Belair ('98).

It was a fantastic experience for students and we look forward to competing again next year!

To learn more about Taste Canada and get the complete list of this years winners click here.

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Everyone Welcome!

Please join us as our guests at the Stratford Chefs School 2015/16 Season Opener!

Come, mingle and get the inside scoop on all there is to look forward to this school season. Stratford Chefs School students and staff will be on hand to share details of our esteemed visiting chefs and planned collaborative events.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres prepared by Sirkel Foods and cash bar will be provided featuring Black Swan Brewing, Lighthouse Lemonade and Rosewood Estates.

Friday October 23, 2015

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


9 Cobourg Street

Stratford, Ontario

Dinner and Lunch Series Packages will also be on sale.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo Credits: Terry Manzo

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners

2015 BMO Scholarship Winners

The BMO Financial Group Scholarships recognize and assist students who demonstrate a dedication to improving their knowledge and skills in the culinary field and who are making a contribution to the culinary communities in which they study and work. Awardees demonstrate community involvement in a community volunteer program(s) in the culinary field, such as Slow Food, Feast of the Fields, Second Harvest, Meals on Wheels, a food bank, or a charity fundraiser like Empty Bowls or Soup’s On.

Congratulations to this years recipients:

Angie Mohr

Mel Athulathmudali

Andrea Monzon

Kelly Gregory

Chelsea Stemmler

Paulina Toner

Thomoas Giannakopoulos

2015 Canadian Hospitality Foundation Winners

The mission of the Canadian Hospitality Foundation is to reward student’s enthusiasm and to encourage students to continue in their studies so that they will enter into the foodservice and/or hospitality industry. The Canadian Hospitality Foundation is driven by industry leaders searching for bright and enthusiastic people.

Congratulations to this years recipients:

Chelsea Stemmler

Mel Athulathmudali

Time to Reserve

Between October and March each year, Stratford’s most cherished culinary secret is the Stratford Chefs School’s Dinner and Lunch Series.

The School launches its 2015|16 Season on Tuesday, October 27th with the commencement of the Stratford Chefs School Classics Dinner Series - inspired variations on 30 years of favourite Stratford Chefs School recipes executed with great skill and passion by our second year class.

Dinners run Tuesday to Saturday

Seatings start at 6:30pm


The Prune | 151 Albert Street

Stratford Chefs School Classics Series prix fixe menu

$35 per person

Wines available by the glass or $5 corkage

Our popular Lunch Series returns on Friday, October 30th with inspired three course menus conceived and created by Level 2 Student Chefs.

Lunches run Fridays and Saturdays

Seating start at 11:30 am

*NEW* Location:

Rene's Bistro| 20 Wellington St

Lunch prix fixe menu

$30 per person

Wines available by the glass or $5 corkage

Reservations required:

519.271.1414 or

Menus change daily, please check the website for details

Lunch and Dinner Packages on Sale Now



4 dinners for the price of 3

2 Stratford Chefs School Classics Dinners

2 International Inspirations Dinners

$145 + HST = $35 SAVINGS


4 lunches for the price of 3

$90 + HST = $30 SAVINGS

For details, please call 519-271-1414

Lunch and Dinner Packages can be purchased in person at the Stratford Chefs School Administration Office (68 Nile Street - Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm),

or over the phone via credit card (please allow time to have your Lunch or Dinner Series vouchers mailed to you).

Packages will also be available for sale at the 2015 | 16 Season Opener on October 23rd!

"Do I tip my server when I attend a Stratford Chefs School meal?"

The school's administration office has fielded a number of calls asking about the etiquette surrounding gratuities at SCS Lunch & Dinner Series meals.

Gratuities are not expected, however if patrons choose to leave a tip at the end of their meal, all monies are put towards student enrichment activities, such as the Student Meet and Greet Party at the start of the school year.

Alternatively, patrons may choose to express their gratitude for an excellent experience at a School meal by contributing to the Support a Student Chef Fund.

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Every dollar donated to this campaign is invested in scholarships and bursaries for deserving students; enabling many future chefs to continue their studies when they might otherwise have been forced to withdraw. Based on demonstrated need, scholarship funds help students cover school fees, rent and general living expenses.

If interested, please ask you server for a donation card after your meal. There is no minimum donation; your support of our students is very much appreciated!

Alumni Spotlight

Cory Vitiello | Class of 2000


photo was taken from Cory Vitiello's twitter page

Cory Vitiello started catering out of his family home in Branford, Ontario at the age of 15.

Infatuated with cooking at a young age, Chef Vitiello attended the SCS at 18 and was apprenticing at under Keith Froggett at Scarmouche in Toronto by the age of 19. Cory has never looked back or considered another job.

He is currently chef owner of three restaurants in Toronto; The Harbord Room, THR&Co and Flock. Early next year a second Flock location will launch at Bay and Richmond, bringing the total four!

Chef Vitiello was also a one of the chef personalities on Food Network Canada’s new hit Chef in Your Ear. Chef in Your Ear features chefs coaching amateur cooks through different recipes. The catch, they can only community through earpiece.

When asked about what it was like to instruct the "clueless cooks" on the show Chef Vitiello responded generously.

“The biggest challenge working with home cooks was getting them over their fear of actually cooking. Once that was broken down, they all learned they had more sense about it than they thought.”

As chefs start to step out of their kitchens and enter the spotlight we asked Chef Vitiello his advice on whether or not to stand in front of the camera.

“For a chef, TV is only worth doing if it's a concept you and your brand can proudly get behind. Just find something you're passionate about and work within that spectrum. For me, it's teaching, which is why Chef in Your Ear is a natural fit. “

The very entertaining Chef in Your Ear can be seen on Food Network Canada.

Best of luck to Cory on his upcoming opening!

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The Stratford Chefs School is a world renowned, not-for-profit educational institution now entering its fourth decade training young Canadian chefs through a unique, industry-driven program. Stratford Chefs School is supported by Service Canada and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

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