Innovative Junior Chef Culinary Programs

Culinary classes, therapeutic programs & life skills training to nourish body, mind and soul™.

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 12-20 years of age, with innovative cooking classes and therapeutic 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.  Let’s connect and cook together.

“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…

 Cooking for teens & young adults preparing for independence

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Helping teens & young adults with mental health & Autism

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Culinary and life skills classes for LGBTQ2S+ non binary youth 

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Rainbow Connections

AGES: 12–20 years old
Smaller class sizes

Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary CLASSICS + Life Skills Teen Program with Chef Pam Fanjoy

HILLSBURGH Culinary Studio

Stay tuned for 2023 program dates

AGES: 14–18 years old

Rainbow Connections

We are currently looking for either a corporate sponsor or Not for Profit funding that will allow us to resume & continue offering our in person programs for LGBTQ2S+ youth this fall. These culinary programs are always made available for select partnering agencies to book privately.  Stay tuned for upcoming dates in Guelph and/or Hillsburgh

Culinary and life skills pod for LGBTQ2S+ and NON-BINARY teens

Finding a safe place where you belong is not only important, but critical for our physical health and mental wellbeing. This program is  offered exclusively for youth identifying as gay, lesbian, 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 and accept themselves AS IS.

FEES: $145 + HST per week with a 4 week commitment but you can start anytime

*Ask about our custom agency youth drop in plans that are available for select Fanjoy Not for Profit or Charitable Partners working within the field of youth mental health, or committed to preventing youth food insecurity and/or homelessness.

You will need to purchase our Junior Chef Starter Kit which includes a t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon.

INCLUDES: 1.5 hr weekly cooking class and 2 individual portions of your culinary creations to take home.

 Please contact for further information if interested.

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

Learn more about the Fanjoy Bursary for Junior Chef Programs


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