Culinary Capers

June 2016 | Newsletter

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In This Edition:

I. An Entrepreneurial Spirit: Alex O'Shea begins her own cold-pressed juice company

II. New Marketing and Admin. Assistant: Chris Giannakopoulos

III. New SCS Program Manager: Welcoming Randi Rudner to the SCS Administration

IV. Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer-in-Residence: Molly Wizenberg

V. Graduation - SCS Class of 2016: Congratulating SCS's new graduates

VI. The Local Community Food Centre's Kids Summer Pizza Bake: Support in the Local Community

VII. The 'Stratford Chefs School 2016 | 2017 Students' Group: A Community for incoming and Continuing Students

VIII. The 'Stratford Chefs School Alumni Association': A Community for Graduates


I. An Entrepreneurial Spirit: Alexandra O'Shea | The Farm Juice Co.

We all know Alex O'Shea: for the better part of the last year, she has been always friendly and always helpful in her role at SCS - assisting instructors with co-ordinating courses and enrolment, supporting students (in their various endeavours), and more generally balancing out all of our busy schedules and running our school's social media campaigns.

Although Alex will no longer be continuing in her administrative role with SCS, she will be pursuing food related interests in the business of juice. Recently, Alex founded 'The Farm Juice Co.' in an attempt to make available a healthy and energizing fresh fruit and vegetable beverage for those seeking 'a simple way to integrate plant-based health' into their lives.

We wish Alex every success - she will be missed.

For more information on 'The Farm Juice Co.', visit her Facebook page/follow her on Twitter.


II. New Marketing and Admin. Assistant | Chris Giannakopoulos

Chris Giannakopoulos has taken up Alex's previous position as the Stratford Chef's School's new Marketing and Administrative Assistant.

Originally from Stratford, Chris took his undergraduate and Masters degrees in English at the University of Waterloo. After a brief marketing/teaching stint at a London-based private school, he returned to Stratford to take on new challenges.

In the recent past, Chris helped teach first- and second-year university level writing courses and conducted research for a UWaterloo funded study. Over the years, Chris has also worked at various restaurants in Stratford including Cafe Ten, Pizza Bistro, and The Bruce Hotel.

While Chris continues to be academically interested in language and literature, he also has a passion for exploring and experiencing the relation(s) between food and culture. Chris looks forward to welcoming first- and second-year students back to school in the fall.


III. Introducing the new SCS Program Manager: Randi Rudner

Originally hailing from Montreal, Randi Rudner lived in Kingston for 12 years. There, she took an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Queen’s University, taught clinical and communication skills at Queen’s University Medical School, and co-owned a co-operative café, where she found her place in the kitchen.

Randi’s position as sous chef in a restaurant owned by graduates of the Stratford Chefs School led to her enrollment in the Chefs School, where she graduated with honours in 2012. In 2014, Randi returned to the Chefs School as an instructor.

Randi is currently the sous chef at Rundles restaurant, and her work at the Stratford Chefs School has included teaching Commodities, the Preparatory course, second-year Gastronomy, Recipe Specs, Lab Packages, and instructing second-year dinner labs.

Randi will continue to teach, while increasing her involvement with the school in her new position as Program Manager. Randi is deeply committed to the vision and mandate of the Stratford Chefs School, and is eager to serve the School community of students, faculty, board of directors, and alumni to the very best of her ability. As a relatively recent graduate, Randi is acutely aware of the transformative potential of the Stratford Chefs School experience, and is excited to commit her skills and resources to ensuring the same quality of experience and education to future classes of students.


IV. Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence: Molly Wizenberg

This year marks the Stratford Chefs School's ten year anniversary of the Joseph Hoare Writer in Residence Series. In light of this, the Stratford Chefs School is proud to announce that Molly Wizenberg will be this year's JHG Writer-in-Residence.

Molly recently received the 2015 James Beard Foundation Award for best food blog as the writer behind Orangette.

We look forward to welcoming Molly into our community, and will make the exciting details of her visit available in the coming months.


V. Stratford Chefs School Class of 2016 | Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to our students for their successful completion of the Stratford Chefs School academic program.

We wish the graduating class of 2016 the very best in their next culinary adventures. The graduation ceremony, held Sunday June 5th, was a great success and will be remembered for years to come.

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A special thank you to our venue partner, The Stratford Festival, for providing us with a beautiful space for our graduation ceremony.

VI. The Local Community Food Centre's Kids Summer Pizza Bake | Support in the Local Community

The Stratford Chefs School's Pizza Oven is being put to good use in the community!

The Local Community Food Centre uses the oven every Wednesday afternoon as part of an after-school program where young students get to build and share food inspirations with their friends. They also learn about healthy living, they grow and eat their own food, and they become more conscious about food systems and responsible food practices.

The Local Community Food Centre's Kids Summer Pizza Bake

VII. The "Stratford Chefs School 2016-17 Students" Group

Recently, a Facebook group was created for all incoming first-year and second-year students to obtain course forms/documents, organize living arrangements, download promotional vouchers, and find information on recommended equipment/uniform suppliers.

Once up and running, students will be able to use this group as a hub for keeping up to date on school-related activities and announcements.

The group will be ready to join in early July. A link will be provided in nearer to the beginning of July/ in next month's 'Culinary Capers' newsletter.


VIII. The Stratford Chef's School Alumni Association

In addition to our newly created (under construction) 'Stratford Chefs School 2016-2017 Students' group, we have also created the 'Stratford Chefs School Alumni Association', and are inviting all alumni to become part of a consolidated, online network of past graduates of the program.

A recent alum, Brandon Wraith, has gladly offered to help moderate/administer the group, which already has more than 300 members. If interested in joining, click the link below and request to be added.

We look forward to seeing you there!


A Special Thank You! to our 2016|2017 Supporters


Ryan Donovan, Nigel Howard, Timothy J. Leonard, Dr. Dennis Nuhn


Dan Donovan, Carl Heinrich, Eleanor Kane, Shelley Windsor, John Wolfe


Terry Manzo


Bustard Chrysler


BMO Financial Group


Elizabeth Baird

James Chatto
Catherine Galligan

Lighthouse Lemonade Inc.

Sandra & Jim Pitblado


BMO Financial Group


Appetite by Random House

Elizabeth Baird

T. Kent Calhoun Memorial Fund

The City of Stratford

Garland Canada & Manitowoc Foodservice

Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence Fund

IODE Festival Jubilee Chapter

Eleanor Kane

Bonnie Richardson

Stratford Chefs School Scholarship Fund

Stratford Tourism Alliance

The Vine Agency

Stratford Chefs School

The Stratford Chefs School is a world renowned, not-for-profit educational institution. It is 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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