Culinary Capers

July 2014 | Newsletter

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Chef Rich Francis ('08) appears on CANADA AM for the Savour Stratford Festival

SCS alumnus and recent Top Chef Canada finalist, Chef Rich Francis ('08) was featured on Canada AM, Thursday July 3 promoting the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival.

Watch his spot here:

SCS Alumni Featured at the Savour Stratford Culinary Festival July 19-20

Stratford's award winning Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival moves from September to July 19th and 20th and will once again celebrate local artisan producers and farmers, outstanding Stratford chefs and welcome great guest culinary personalities - many of whom got their start at the Stratford Chefs School!

Set in the heart of Stratford’s heritage garden district bordered by the Avon River, this year’s festival theme is Coast to Coast to Coast and highlights the 30th Anniversary of the School.

We will have Stratford Chefs School signage at all events featuring alumni, and will also be distinguishing alumni at The Grand Tasting and at the Farmers Market.

Keep your eyes open for the SCS logo and be sure to sample and savour the fine food of our talented alumni!

Featured SCS Alumni include:

James Walt ('91):

  • Chef at the famed Araxi restaurant, in Whistler and certified Oceanwise chef, James Walt will showcase sustainable West Coast seafood: wild salmon, spot prawns, geoduck, oysters and sea urchin in Treasures of the Pacific. James has long been a champion of regional cuisine. James' culinary career has taken him from the Canadian Embassy in Rome to the James Beard House and some of BC's best restaurants.
  • Saturday, July 19th - Noon - Toronto Star Culinary Stage

Rich Francis ('08):

  • This season’s Top Chef Canada finalist, Rich Francis is one of Canada’s leading chefs of modern aboriginal cuisine. A member of the Tetlit Gwich'in and Tuscarora Nations, Rich has championed the combination of native cultures and traditions, locally sourced products and modern cooking techniques. Rich is chef owner of Aboriginal Culinary Concepts and winner of the 2013 Savour Stratford Festival’s Most Creative Dish, Rich's career has included Toronto's Splendido and Peller Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Saturday, July 19th - 3:00pm - Toronto Star Culinary Stage

Carl Heinrich ('05) and Ryan Donovan ('05)

  • Returning to the Festival are Carl, winner of Top Chef Season Two, and Ryan, business partner and in-house butcher, at their critically acclaimed Toronto restaurant, Richmond Station. After graduation from SCS, Carl went on to work at Michelin star chef, Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne in New York for four years before returning to Canada. Their philosophy of quality ingredients and modern techniques will be demonstrated in the benefits of purchasing a whole animal and nose to tail cooking featuring famous Perth County Pork.
  • Sunday, July 20th - 1:30pm - Toronto Star Culinary Stage

Ryan O'Donnell ('10)

  • In his session titled Fundamentals of Fermentation, SCS instructor and sous chef at the renowned The Prune restaurant, Ryan O'Donnell will focus on the process of fermentation. Ryan will demonstrate this method of enriching the flavours of commonly enjoyed foods as well as expand upon its potential for the inquisitive cook.
  • Sunday, July 20th - 10:30am - Tutored Talks & Tastings, Knox Amphitheatre

Many SCS Alumni will also be participating in the Savour Stratford Festival's Grand Tasting (Sunday, July 20 12pm-4pm). This elegant garden party takes place off historic York Street fronting the Avon River and pairs 30 local chefs with local food producers and farmers to create seasonal delicacies complemented by Ontario VQA wines and craft brews.

  • Tasting Awards will be presented.
  • Musical entertainment by 2014 Juno nominee Alysha Brilla Quartet and The Riley O’Connor Trio featuring Jordana Talsky.
  • Admission: $100 VIP, $75 General Admission (plus handling fee & HST)

So, come mingle among the farmer’s and artisan markets accompanied by free music concerts and surrounded by food stalls, special chef presentations and choose from over 30 talks, tastings and sampling events!

For more information on the wonderful events happening during the Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival - including the GE Cafe Chefs Series - and to purchase tickets, please go to their website by clicking the button above.

LONG TABLE DINNER | June 8th, 2014

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The Stratford Chefs School is genuinely grateful to everyone who helped to make the Long Table Dinner fundraising event a success – despite the rain!

Although the weather was not on our side for an outdoor event this year, we couldn’t be more pleased with how everyone came together and created a wonderful evening quickly re-located to the Paul D. Fleck Marquee at the Festival Theatre!

Everyone looked beautiful arriving in their summer whites and wearing smiles bright enough to chase away the clouds! The sun came out just in time to cheer hearts and encourage us to open the Marquee doors to the fresh spring evening.

Thank you to all who attended!

(Below - Louis and Mary Pat Flores with Al and Elaine Ratcliffe)

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Thank you to our generous community sponsors and partners:

TD Bank Group - Presenting Sponsor

RE/MAX a-b Realty Ltd. - Event Sponsor

Bradshaws & Kitchen Detail

Church Hill Farm

The City of Stratford

Creative Feats

Danna Nicole

DJ Wigs

Gadsby’s Clothing Co. Inc.

Lighthouse Lemonade

The Local Community Food Centre

McDonnell Carpentry Ltd.

Nestle Waters Canada

Pelee Island Winery

Porter Airlines

Red Truck Design and Event Management

Rosewood Estates

Samsonite Canada Inc.

Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival


Soiled Reputation

Stratford Perth Community Foundation

Stratford Summer Music

The Hintonburg Public House

The Stratford Festival

Terry Manzo Photography

Special thank you to our partner restaurants and chefs:

Jordan Lassaline

Monforte Dairy and Ruth Klahssen

revel caffè and Anne Campion

Rundles Restaurant and Chef Neil Baxter and Kathy Bell

The Prune Restaurant and Chef Bryan Steele, Ryan O'Donnell, and Brandon Murch

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers who generously donated their time in support of the school and this event: Derek Barnes, Frances Evans, Tom Giannakopoulos, Melanie Hyde, Joel Kechnie, Jesse Larsen, Lana Mau, Ian Middleton, Angie Mohr, Hilary Nuhn, Kristen Nuhn, Sarah Nuhn, Alex O'Shea, Michael Padmore, Paul Smith, and Steven Wiebe.

And finally, we would like to say a deeply heartfelt thank you to our volunteer Event Chair, Laurie Nuhn.

As a registered charity, the Stratford Chefs School relies on fundraising efforts, such as the Long Table Dinner, to keep tuition affordable and maintain excellence of training. We are pleased to announce that we raised $12,000.00 for the School’s International Chefs in Residence Program. This exceptional one-of-a-kind training module sets the Stratford Chefs School apart from other culinary institutions by exposing our students to a range of culinary approaches from some of the world’s preeminent chefs. Connections students make with these international visiting chefs often lead to invaluable internship opportunities that give our graduates an edge in the competitive restaurant industry.

Now in our fourth decade of training and preparing future chefs, we are humbly reminded that the great success, tradition and longevity of the School would not be possible without you. Thank you for your enthusiasm, and commitment to the Stratford Chefs School!

Photography by Terry Manzo

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Our transportable wood-fired pizza oven is a well-loved piece of equipment at the Stratford Chefs School. It has been the silent star of many SCS Dinner Series meals during the Fall and Winter months. But what happens to the oven in the summer?

We are very proud to partner with the Local Community Food Centre and their Summer Pizza Bake! The Pizza Bake offers kids 18 and under a chance to get their hands in the garden, using some of what they harvest in the pizzas they will then create and bake! The Pizza Bakes happen every Wednesday from now until the end of August from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at the Local Community Food Centre (612 Erie Street, Stratford). There is story telling provided by the Stratford Public Library at 3:30pm. Throughout the summer, there will be other activities, such as cartooning workshops. You can drop in any time, there is no registration, and IT'S FREE!

What is a Community Food Centre, you say?

A Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. CFCs provide emergency access to high-quality food in a dignified setting that doesn’t compromise their self-worth. People learn cooking and gardening skills there, and kids get their hands dirty in the garden and kitchen in ways that expand their taste buds and help them to make healthier food choices.

The Local is a partner site of Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that’s driving the development of CFCs across the country. Along with The Table Community Food Centre in Perth and Toronto’s The Stop Community Food Centre, The Local is helping to increase access for healthy food to low-income Canadians while proving that food can be a transformative force in our communities.

For more on the Local Community Food Centre, visit

Watch a short film on the weekly LCFC Pizza Bake! (below)

Kids Summer Pizza Bake


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Train with us!

Are you passionate about a career in the Culinary Arts? Or do you know someone who is looking for the perfect school to hone their skills?

The Stratford Chefs School is now accepting applications for Fall 2014.

Train as an apprentice and you can save $3,000 on your tuition!

What are you waiting for?

Contact our Recruitment Officer, Bob Friesen to discuss the possibility of becoming a student this fall!

Email: or

Call: 519.271.1414


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You can make a real and lasting difference in the life of a student chef in financial need...

A career in the kitchen is a calling for students who attend the Stratford Chefs School. Life as a chef apprentice consists of hard work and long hours under stressful conditions, with little in the way of remuneration.

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.

Without support from people like you, it would be impossible for some of these students to realize their dream.


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Now in our fourth decade of training and preparing chefs to enter the industry, everyone at the Stratford Chefs School is humbly reminded that the great success, tradition and longevity of the School would not be possible without the support and interest of our community.

Thank you!

Brewed Coffee Partner

revel caffè

Photography Partner

Terry Manzo

Technology Partner

The City of Stratford

The Compudoc and Switch Wifi

Vehicle Partner

Bustard Chrysler

Wine Partners

Cave Spring Cellars

Hidden Bench

John Hanna & Sons Ltd.

Malivoire Wine

Norman Hardie Winery

Rosehall Run

Rosewood Estates

The Vine - Rob Groh Agency

13th Street Winery

Escoffier Donors

Chef de Cuisine ($5000 and up)

George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation

The Mosaic Foundation (of Rita and Peter Heydon)

Toronto Community Foundation

Sous Chef ($2500 and up)

Dr. Robert Close

Kim Cosgrove

Margaret D. King

Ellen Lehman

Timothy J. Leonard

Dr. Dennis and Laurie Nuhn

revel caffè

Stratford Perth Community Foundation

Saucier ($1500 and up)

Dr. Jason and Sarah Bandey

Tier Three Brokerage Ltd.

Chef de Partie ($1000 and up)

Alexandra and Timothy MacDonald

John and Phyllis Rae

Carrie and Jeremy Wreford

Apprentice ($100 and up)


Joyce M. Abbott

Michael Alkier

Ted and Michele Boniface

Stephen Barlow and Alida Smisek

Karyn Dirse

Gayle & Larry Folliott

Doreen Gryfe

Hans and Lydia Habegger

Dr. Sandy Fetterly and Michelle Hall

Susan Hiscock

Judith Horner and Hammond Bentall

Marion Isherwood

Shirley and Ted Jeffrey

Stirling and Clare Kenny

Max and Vicki Lass

Ross and Fran McElroy

Sharon McKay

Rai Grant Insurance Brokers

Lucille Roch

Faye and Rosaire Roy

Jeff and Marie Schaus

Jack and Doreen Sedgewick

John and Jill Skinner

Gordon and Elaine Steed

Soiled Reputation

David and Susan Tamblyn

Kim and Dave Thompson

Michael and June Welsh

Gastronomic Writer in Residence Donors

Elizabeth Baird

Jocie Bussin

Elizabeth C. Jones

Corby Kummer

Anne Lindsay

Sandra and Jim Pitblado

Darlene Madott

Support a Student Chef Donors

Susan Agranove

BMO Financial Group

Lynda and David Bowen

Paul Butler

George D. Carson

Susan Craig

Kathryn Fleming

Ann Gawman

Eleanor Gow

John Hall

Pam and John Hambly

Hon. Paul T. Hellyer

Eleanor Kane

Joseph Kokoszka

John and Ann Lang

Dana Link

Christy Lomax

Connie and Jim MacDougall

Aaron Malkin

Hugh D. McDonald

Gary Miller

Delia Moog

Carol Duncan and George Oleske

Kimberley Payne

Christopher Reed

John R. Reed

Barbara Schubert

Lawrence C. Sweet

Sally Thompson

Audrey Turner

Geoff Whitney

2013 Graduation Scholarship Donors

Elizabeth Baird

Bijou Restaurant

Bradshaws Kitchen Detail

Cinzano Vermouth and Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd.

Garland Canada

Rob Groh and The Vine Agency


Payne-Smith Family

Bonnie Richardson

Stratford Tourism Alliance

York Street Kitchen on Erie

30th Anniversary Alumni Donors

Rocco Agostino

David Ferguson

Trent Loewen

Heidi Noble

Deborah Reid

Lindsay Reid

Cory Vitiello

Tina Walt

Board of Directors

Nigel Howard

Timothy J. Leonard

Dr. Dennis Nuhn


Eleanor Kane

Shelley Windsor

John Wolfe

Stratford Chefs School

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.

Charitable No. 119199958 RR0001