Cooking Classes

FARM TO TABLE: Celebrating Stratford Chef’s School Alumni + Perth County Producers

  • Monday, March 4, 2019
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Stratford Chefs School has a long history of training impeccable chefs – 35 years of history, in fact.

Tonight we are joined by Chef Ryan O’Donnell from Mercer Hall and CBC food columnist & Publisher Waterloo Region Eats, Andrew Coppolino,  as we celebrate the launch of a new cookbook FARM TO TABLE: Celebrating Stratford Chef’s School Alumni & Perth County Producers. Chef Ryan will curate a meal featuring local ingredients from Huron and Perth counties while Andrew narrates the highlights of the local producers. Everyone attending will receive a copy of this wonderful new cookbook. This compilation of recipes from some of the most celebrated graduates of the Stratford Chefs School takes you inside the lessons they learned at Stratford Chefs School and makes this book a staple of every Canadian kitchen.

MENU: Local Cheese Sampling Plate, Macintosh Farms Smoked Duck Rice Bowl, Red Kale & Brussel Sprout Salad, The Beehive featuring Backyard Honey Company

MEET THE GUEST INSTRUCTORS: Ryan O’Donnell & Andrew Coppolino

Ryan O’Donnell is the executive chef at Mercer Kitchen Beer Hall in Stratford, Ont. He craves a turkey sandwich and thinks it’s better than the actual meal. A graduate of the Stratford Chefs School, Ryan has worked and studied in restaurants across Canada, Spain, Australia, France, England and the United States.  As Executive Chef  he continues to learn from local farmers, chefs and grandmothers.  His driving goal is, through collaboration with the great talent at The Prune, Bar One Fifty One, Mercer Kitchen + Beer Hall, and Mercer Mercato, to do justice to their ingredients and bring guests joy in the process.

Local food commentator Andrew Coppolino is food columnist for CBC-Radio 89.1 in Waterloo Region, and he visits local restaurant kitchens as Culinary Reporter for Rogers TV “Daytime.” Coppolino also writes about food in various print publications, including as food columnist for The Kitchener Post newspaper. He was formerly restaurant reviewer with the Waterloo Region Record. A couple of years of cooking as an apprentice chef in a restaurant kitchen in Waterloo Region helped him decide he wanted to work with food from the other side of the stove. And so he does … Waterloo Region Eats is his signature dish.