Growing Chefs! Ontario: Advanced Culinary Program

Advanced Culinary Program

Our popular Advanced Culinary Program is for young aspiring cooks aged 12 – 16, to further develop their culinary skills.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2022

Registration is now full! Please email christy@​growingchefsontario.​ca to be added to a waitlist in case any spots open due to cancellations. 

Our Advanced Culinary Program runs once per school year.

What to Expect: Advanced Culinary is an 8‑week program for youth aged 12 – 16 to build their culinary knowledge. This exciting program will help participants further develop their confidence and cooking skills through exploring different international cuisines. We will focus on kitchen and food safety, reading and adapting recipes, learning a variety of cooking techniques, working with different tools, and learning to taste and season foods like a Chef.

Date & Time:
Mondays, April 15th-June 10th (skipping stat holiday Monday, May 20th). 5 – 7:15pm

Location: will be hosted at our teaching facility, The Grove at The Western Fair District, located at 900 King St.

Age: participants must be between the ages of 12 to 16 on the first day of class. 

Pricing: $280 ($35 per week X 8 weeks)

Cost includes all programming fees, dinner each week, some things to take home and a Growing Chefs! apron. Growing Chefs! Ontario is committed to providing low-cost food education experiences for youth. If cost is a barrier to registration, please contact christy@​growingchefsontario.​ca to explore subsidy options

Family Celebration: After completing the program, participants will show off what they’ve learned and open a restaurant for their families! This Family Celebration will take place the day after the program concludes – PLEASESAVETHEDATE: Tuesday, June 11th. The participants will be running the restaurant! They will be the prep cooks, the chefs, the servers, the greeters and everything in between! They will be using all the culinary skills they’ve learned over 8 weeks to wow their guests (up to 2 guests each)! 

This event takes place at 460 King St, our original location in the former french fine-dining restaurant, the Auberge de Petite Prince. Participants can be dropped off at 4:30 to start preparing the meal. Guests are to arrive at 6:30 and dinner will be served shortly after. The evening will conclude at 8. Tickets are $15/​guest (there is no ticket cost for the participants).

Food Allergies: Our team is highly experienced in managing dietary restrictions. Do not let a dietary concern prevent your child from participating in our programming. Get in contact with our staff team and we’ll do our best to make appropriate accommodations. If a participant has a life-threatening allergy, please read our official Allergen Statement here and let us know if you have any questions.

Cancellations: Once full payment is received and registration is confirmed, any cancellation must be directly communicated to Growing Chefs! Staff as early as possible. Cancellations made once the program has started will be eligible for refunds on a case by case basis.

Read other news


IMG 8654

$200,000 OTF Grant from the Ontario Government helps deliver engaging experiential garden education programs

We welcomed London North Centre MPP Terence Kernaghan to celebrate the expansion of engaging experiential garden education programs made possible by the Resilient Communities grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Learn more
Read more about $200,000 OTF Grant from the Ontario Government helps deliver engaging experiential garden education programs

Teen Cooking Class

Join our Chefs as they explore seasonal flavours and exciting twists on much-loved recipes that are great for the whole family!

Learn more
Read more about Teen Cooking Class
Pizza web

In-House Pizza Party

Pizza Parties are BACK for the 2024 season! Enjoy our legendary wood-fired deliciousness all summer long.

Learn more
Read more about In-House Pizza Party
Event GC 20102018 Photos 012

Monthly Adult Cooking Class

Find out how attending one of our Adult classes will positively impact our community: one ticket, twice the impact!

Learn more
Read more about Monthly Adult Cooking Class