Innovative Junior Chef Culinary Programs

Culinary classes, therapeutic programs & life skills 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.


Fanjoy’s Junior Chef programming provides youth, age 14-24, with innovative culinary classes and counselling programs that build confidence, increase social connection and teach healthy life skills for optimal mental health.   When youth feel that they belong and can feed their body, mind and soul, they will thrive and reach their potential.   

“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 teens & young adults

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Culinary Fundamentals

Helping teens  & young adults find a place where they truly belong

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Culinary + Life Skills

Culinary and life skills classes for LGBTQ2S+ non binary youth 

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Rainbow Connections

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

Private One on One Junior Chef Sessions
with Chef Pam Fanjoy, MSW, RSW

These 1hr private sessions with award winning Chopped Canada Champion, and social worker, Chef Pam teach youth aged 11-24 years of age how to cook delicious food while also building tangible that can transform into other areas of their life at home, school and in the community. These sessions are well suited for children 11-14 preparing to enter our group culinary programs and those 14 years and up who who benefit from individualized attention.  Chef Pam can specifically brings her 30+ years of  experience as a adolescent and family therapist to help those who may be experiencing trauma symptoms, social anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD/ADD, learning exceptions, school difficulties, bullying, separation/divorce issues or on the spectrum of coming out as a non-binary or LGBTQ2S+ youth. Sessions may be covered by your extended health care benefits please inquire directly by booking a free 20 minute Discovery Call with Pam.  All youth must show proof of double vaccination to participate and a Junior Chef uniform kit is required.

Session includes 2 meals to come home to enjoy and additional meals can be purchased for $18.95 each + HST 

FEES: $229/hr payable at time of booking. 1.5 hr sessions available at a prorated fee.  

AGES: 13–19 years old
Maximum of 8 students

Culinary Fundamentals, 8 Week Beginners course 

Looking for more than just an ordinary cooking class ?  Start anytime!  

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 the  fundamentals of knife skills, using heat to create flavour, wet & dry cooking techniques, basic sauce making and how to use what is at hand in the kitchen to reduce food waste.  Above all, teens will build confidence, make new friends and experience how food brings us together while improving both our physical & mental health.

In our new rotating 8 week course you can now start anytime and run for the 8 week cycle of classes until you’ve taken them all!  Menus will focus on using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and developing the skill of cooking without needing to even have a recipe.  Winter menus include Thai Cashew Chicken Stir Fry, Canadian Shepherd’s Pie, Mac & Cheese, Mexican Fajitas, Pot Pies, Chicken Penne Alfredo with Mighty Garlic Bread & Caesar Salad, Chicken Slauvaki with Rice & Greek Salad and Meaty Lasagna.   Please note:  Substitutions during COVID may occur due to ongoing supply chain and delivery issues that we are unable to control.  

Advanced culinary techniques, butchery and using other proteins are taught in the next level of Culinary Fundamentals & Classics.  8 weeks in Fundamentals is a prerequisite and you can start the courses at any time with our rotating classes in Guelph beginning in January 2022.  Culinary Classics courses will begin in February 

NEW FUNDAMENTALS MEMBERSHIP FEE OPTION:  $995 + HST for eight classes and the option to make up classes that may be missed.  This includes a 2 hour class weekly with 2 meals to take home (value $312) each week.  Monthly payment plans are available.  

All Junior Chefs are required to purchase a uniform which includes your t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon to start your cooking kit   Fundamentals Level 1 + 2 (8 classes) are required to advance into the Culinary Classics program.  

INCLUDES: A meal for 2 to take home, additional meals are available for an additional fee & must be ordered one week before the class.  

DATES: Saturdays – 12:30-2:30pm  January 8, 15, 22nd & 29th, February  5, 12, 19th & 26th, 2021, March 5, 12, 19th & 26th, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.  

AGES: 14–19 years old
Smaller class sizes

Culinary + Life Skills For Teens (14-19 yrs)

Helping teens coping with mental health to find a place where they truly belong…

These small therapeutic culinary classes run by Chef Pam Fanjoy are geared towards youth dealing with mental health or neuro diversity challenges including anxiety, depression, high functioning Autism, ADHD, learning challenges, separation & divorce related concerns or eating disorders.  With 30 + years of experience, Chef Pam uses milieu therapy in these innovative 2-hour culinary class where teens disconnect from their screens, take a break from parents, make new friends all while learning how to cook up their favourite dishes!  Talking about real life problems is easier in the kitchen and learning how to solve complex problems can be natural when you find a place that you belong and can lean in to a new kind of community.  We meet teens where they’re at, help them to communicate, support one another and build positive, strong connections with peers over time.  


$1249 + HST includes 8 two hour cooking classes, 2 meals home a week (value $312), 10% off culinary supplies at Fanjoy’s online shop and 15% off all parent Junior Chef support programs at Fanjoy Culinary + Wellness Centre

OR pay $159.00 per 2 hour class, which includes 2 meals to take home (value $39) with a min 4 week commitment at $629 + HST 

All youth will require a Junior Chef uniform which includes a t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon to start your cooking kit

INCLUDES: A meal for 2 to take home and recipes.  additional meals can be added for $18.95 + HST each and must be ordered 1 week in advance

DATES: In Guelph NEW TIME:  Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm on January 6, 13, 20 & 27th, February  2022 OR Hillsburgh Mondays 4-6pm (includes Fundamental Classics Level 2 & 3 youth) January 3, 10, 17th & 24th, 2022.  Baking Classes offered in Guelph over Christmas Break. 

AGES: 14–18 years old

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 winter, 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

You will need a starter kit for new Jr Chefs with t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon to start your cooking kit. 

INCLUDES: An individual meal to take home 

DATES: 1st Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in Guelph on January 6 and February 3rd, 2022. Pre-registration is required 1 week ahead.  

Christmas Break Classes
13-19 years old, max 10 

Junior Chef Baking BLISS

Why not eat cake for breakfast if it brings you JOY?? Join Chef Pam to whisk together seasonal cookies, squares, tarts and traditional favourites in our baking classes held in Guelph at 10 Carden Shared space during this holiday season. Menus will vary each day and your fee includes tastings during the class plus a variety of sweet treats to take home to enjoy. No experience necessary.  Register early as space is limited for these hands on baking classes.  Recommended for ages 14-22 yr olds. 

All youth must show proof of double vaccination to participate and a Junior Chef uniform kit is required.

FEES: $129 for 3 hour class includes tastings in class, recipes and a box of treats to take home

Monday, December 27th and Tuesday, December 28th from 12:30-3:30 pm 


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