Innovative Junior Chef Culinary Programs

Culinary classes, therapeutic programs lifeskills training to nourish body, mind and soul™.

Chef Pam Fanjoy’s innovative Junior Chef Culinary programs are cooking up change that lasts a lifetime for youth and their families.

Our cooks and social workers help youth learn how to cook, cope with life’s challenges, communicate and collaborate with others, all while building new friendships.

“Junior Chef is more than just a program. You become part of the Fanjoy Family once you’ve taken the fundamentals.”

Hear what our Junior Chefs and their families have to say about our programs…

More than just a cooking class for your teen

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Culinary Fundamentals

Helping teens find a place where they truly belong

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Culinary + Life Skills

Culinary and life skills pod for LGBTQ2S+ youth

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Rainbow Connections

More information on which fees may be covered by your healthcare provider

AGES: 13–18 years old
Maximum of 12 students

Culinary Fundamentals

Looking for more than just an ordinary cooking class for your teen?

Youth will find a safe space to gather for friendship, good food and building new life skills. Your teen will learn to cook a variety of seasonal dishes using locally-sourced ingredients, as well as, how to nurture healthy relationships and our planet. Learn how to use what is at hand in the kitchen to reduce food waste, stretch a food budget and make everyday cooking an easy task to master. Above all, teens build confidence, find belonging and experience how food brings us together while improving both physical & mental health.

FEES: $123.75 per 2 hour class PLUS $69 starter kit with t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon to start your cooking kit TOTAL – $495 + hst for 4 week course

INCLUDES: A family size meal for 4 to take home

DATES: Saturdays – 12:30-2:30 pm in Guelph Oct 16, 23, 30 & Nov 6 OR Nov 13, 20, 27 & Dec 4 2021

AGES: 14–19 years old
Smaller class sizes

Culinary + Life Skills

Helping teens find a place where they truly belong…

Innovative 2-hour culinary class where teens disconnect from their screens, take a break from parents, make new friends and learn how to cook up their favourite dishes! Small group sizes are ideal for youth with autism, ADHD, learning challenges & anxiety. Our team makes talking about real life easy and learning how to solve complex problems seem natural. We meet teens where they’re at, help them to communicate, support one another and build positive, strong connections with peers.

FEES: $148.75 per 2 hour class PLUS $69 starter kit with t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon to start your cooking kit TOTAL – $495 + hst for 4 week course

INCLUDES: A family size meal for 4 to take home

DATES: In Guelph: Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm on Oct 16, 23, 30 and Nov 6 OR Nov 13, 20, 27 & Dec 4 In Hillsburgh: Thursdays 4-6pm Oct 14, 21, 28 & Nov 4, 2021

AGES: 14–21 years old
LGBTQ2S+ & NON-BINARY

Rainbow Connections

Culinary and life skills pod for LGBTQ2S+ teens

Finding a safe place where you belong is not only important, but critical for our physical health and mental wellbeing. We are pleased to launch this NEW culinary program at 10 Carden in Guelph this fall, exclusively for youth identifying as non binary, trans or anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum. Gathering together to learn the basics of cooking up healthy food, budgeting, creative plating and our 3 C’s— Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation—teens will find delicious new ways to feed healthy connections.

FEES: $123.75 per week PLUS $69 starter kit for new Jr Chefs with t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon to start your cooking kit TOTAL – $495 + hst for 4 week course

INCLUDES: A family size meal for 4 to take home

DATES: Wednesday – 4:00-6:00 PM in Guelph Oct 13, 20, 27 & Nov 3, 2021

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