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Stratford institution on a mission to prove chefs school isn’t just for chefs

Stratford Chefs School to host interactive Webinar session to demonstrate the many career options available

As the restaurant and hospitality sectors continue to evolve and adapt to the COVID pandemic, an education in the culinary arts can open the door to endless career possibilities.

An upcoming online Stratford Chefs School information session on Sunday, January 23 at 1 pm EST will provide those considering a career in culinary arts and hospitality an opportunity to hear directly from a panel of SCS graduates and industry leaders who have carved distinct and rewarding careers across cooking, restaurant ownership, food writing and photography, catering, culinary education, viniculture, and recipe development.

Session participants will gain a deeper understanding of the many diverse pathways that emerge from a culinary education and how to build a resilient career, even in the context of a global pandemic that has disrupted the restaurant and food & beverage industries. For both younger students and those considering a career change, the session can help to inform educational and training choices.

The information session will feature SCS Alumni Success Stories, an interactive panel session and live Q & A with SCS Alumni.

“Regardless of who and where we are, all of us still have to eat – and there is a huge industry that feeds people,” said Jeff Leney, Stratford Chefs School’s Director of Marketing and Admissions Development.  “Our information session will allow food lovers to hear from Chefs School graduates who have real world experience across numerous roles. These graduates have found their own rewarding and interesting careers that reflect the many ways in which a Chefs School education can lead to a new or changed career.”


The Webinar Information Session will include SCS graduates representing a broad range of potential career paths:

  • Randi Rudner – Core Instructor, SCS Program Manager and Professional Chef
  • Bob Blumer – 2021 SCS Writer-in-Residence, Author, Artist, Creator and host Surreal Gourmet and Glutton For Punishment on Food Network Canada
  • Donna Borooah – Former Chef Instructor, Recipe Developer and contributor for Hello Fresh, Chatelaine and the LCBO’s Food & Drink Magazine
  • Simon Briggs and Anna Marano – Co-Owners The Panetteria Bakery, Amherstberg, Ontario
  • Amanda Bradley – Co-Creator Alo restaurant and Co-Owner, Vela restaurant Toronto
  • Jordan Mazzanti – SCS Wine Instructor, Head Sommelier Langdon Hall
  • Carrie Rau – Chef, Recipe Developer, Sommelier, Co-Founder Vinequity
  • Ryan Donovan – Co-Owner Richmond Station
  • Eric Robertson – Co-Creator and Head Chef The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette
  • Mel Athulathmudali – Flight Director and Catering Consultant Air Transat, Catering Company Owner, Educator Strata Montessori School

Those interested in the free information session can register now through the website: StratfordChef.com – Webinar January 23rd, 2022