Where do classes take place?

We are located at the kitchens of the Stratford Chefs School, 136 Ontario Street, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 7Y4.

Where can I stay for the weekend if I am coming from out of town?

Accommodation is not provided but there are a number of hotels centrally located. A few places guests have stayed are:

Mercer Hall

Queen's Inn

Bentley's Inn

Fosters Inn

The Parlour Inn

Best Western Arden Park Hotel

Accommodations can also be found through Stratford Tourism or the Stratford and Area Bed and Breakfast Association.

What is the difference between a "cooker" and an "eater" (non-participant)?

The cooker prepares the meals and the non-participant comes for the meals. Some partners have found that it is nice to share both the cooking and the eating. The fee for those participating in only eating is $285 plus tax. 

What is the class format?

There is a kitchen aperitif as the class starts, then we begin by discussing the menu and specific new ingredients that may be unfamiliar to some guests. Techniques that are recipe-specific are then explained and shown. After the demonstration, the class splits up into smaller groups and prepares the meal with their group instructors. Kitchen time is about 1½ hour. 

What is provided when I arrive?

We provide recipe books, knives, aprons and towels, great company and a memorable weekend. 

What is the class size?

Class size is limited to 16 -18 people.

What do i wear?

Comfortable clothing is recommended and good, closed-toed footwear.

Do I need cooking experience to attend?

No cooking experience is necessary. Our classes are suitable for all skill levels and there is something for everyone to take away. We have a talented team of instructors to work closely with you.

Can you accommodate allergy and dietary restrictions?

Because of the makeup of cooking menus, we will work hard to accommodate dietary restrictions. We can substitute ingredients and quite often change menu dishes. Please advise in advance.

What is the cancellation policy?

Because of purchasing requirements, we require 5-days notice prior to the cooking weekend. Deposits are not refundable after this time. If space allows, you may join another cooking weekend at a later date.