Meet The Stratford Chefs School New Writer In Residence

Gabrielle Hamilton named the 2015|16 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence!


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The Stratford Chefs School is excited to announce New York chef and celebrated author, Gabrielle Hamilton as the 2015|16 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence.

Ms. Hamilton will be in residence at the school from January 11 – 23, 2016 with two Toronto events in support of the Stratford Chefs School currently in the planning stages.

?I couldn�t be more delighted that Gabrielle Hamilton has accepted the position of Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence at the school for the coming year. Not only is Gabrielle an award-winning food writer, she is also a highly acclaimed New York City chef and restaurateur. Having a writer in residence with this combination of skills is fantastic.” said Meg Westley, of The Stratford Chefs School Program Director

As the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York�s East Village and the author of the New York Times bestseller Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton’s knowledge and expertise as a master chef and acclaimed author singled her out as a top candidate for the JHGWIR Selection Committee and culminated in her unanimous appointment as this year’s Writer in Residence.

 Opening Prune in October 1999, Gabrielle Hamilton was named Best Chef NYC by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 (nominated in 2009 and 1010).

She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon AppA�tit, Saveur, House Beautiful, and Food & Wine. She has also authored the 8-week Chef column in The New York Times, and her work has been anthologized in eight volumes of Best Food Writing.

Her much lauded memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef won the James Beard Foundation�s award for Writing and Literature in 2012.

 Stratford Chefs School students will not only have a chance to work with Gabrielle on their writing skills, but will also have the opportunity to learn from her in the kitchen. While in residence, Gabrielle Hamilton will guest chef three Stratford Chefs School dinners, working elbow to elbow with our students to bring a little bit of her Prune to Stratford�s Prune Restaurant (the school�s dinner venue partner).

“She will teach writing, share her unique experiences in the restaurant industry and act as International Guest Chef for three dinners, inspiring and informing our students in both the classroom and the kitchen? said Westley.

Launched in 2007, the Gastronomic Writer in Residence program is supported by the family of the late Joseph Hoare (1940-1997), to honour Hoare’s support of young writers interested in food while he was at the helm as food editor at Toronto Life magazine. Support for this program has been enhanced by a circle of donors who give generously each year to sustain this one-of-a-kind program, unique to chef training in Canada.


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