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 12-24, 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. Given the current Ontario restrictions, we have launched our online ZOOM Junior Chef Family Matters Memberships where your teen learns to cook and parents also receive support to successfully manage the winter months ahead.  Let’s connect and cook.

“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

Register for Culinary Fundamentals Online

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 **NEW ONLINE CLASSES during lockdown because #Family Matters

8 Week ONLINE course 

Looking for more than just an ordinary cooking class ?  Start anytime!  Our classes are now ONLINE and available worldwide for your family to engage together! 

Not only will your teen learn to cook a variety of seasonal dishes using locally-sourced ingredients in our 2 hour weekly class but now parents will also receive support with a weekly online parent group (optional).  As we navigate these challenging times, teens can also now join Chef Pam for our Thursday 1 hour social after school called Chef’s Chat. We will talk about fascinating and fun food topics, current culinary trends, famous chefs as well as how to nurture their own mental health and how to create healthy relationships that support their well-being and our planet.

The Monday 4-6pm online Fundamentals cooking class will focus on learning 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.

Advanced culinary techniques, butchery and using other proteins are taught in the next level of Culinary Classics which is held online Tuesdays 4-6pm.  8 weeks in Fundamentals is a prerequisite and you can start this courses at any time with our rotating classes beginning in January 2022.  Culinary Classics courses will begin in person again soon but continue online in the meantime so we can continue learning and stay connected!  

In any of 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.  

NEW FUNDAMENTALS FAMILY MEMBERSHIP OPTION *BEST VALUE*: 

INTRODUCTORY price for 8 weeks of just $85/week + HST for all three programs with Chef Pam, whose also an experienced and award winning adolescent & family therapist.  

INCLUDES:

 2 hour ZOOM class weekly

Teen Chef’s Chat social group on Thursdays 4pm-4:45pm (optional)

Chef’s recipes delivered to your inbox every Friday with tips for shopping to stretch your food dollars and how to engage as a family to return to the table

Parent Support Group (optional) on Sunday mornings 9-10am.   

ONLINE TEEN CLASS DATES: Mondays 4-6pm  January 10, 17, 24th & 31st, February  7; Classics for Advancing Student is TUESDAY FEB 15, 21st & 28th, 2021 

AGES: 13–19 years old
Maximum of 8 students

12Culinary Fundamentals Guelph In-Person CLASSES 

8 Week Rotating course You can start anytime 

Looking for more than just an ordinary cooking class ?  Our in person classes are expected to begin again in March 2022 when we can engage together again! 

Not only will your teen learn the basics of cooking a variety of seasonal dishes using locally-sourced ingredients in our 2 hour weekly class but now parents will also receive support with a weekly online parent group (optional with a family membership).  

Our Saturday Fanjoy Culinary Fundamentals cooking class will focus on learning 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.

Advanced culinary techniques, butchery and using other proteins are taught in the next level of Culinary Classics which is held online Tuesdays 4-6pm.  8 weeks in Fundamentals is a prerequisite and you can start this courses at any time with our rotating classes beginning again in March 2022.  Culinary Classics courses will begin in person again as well but continue online in the meantime so we can continue learning and stay connected!  

In any of 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.  

NEW FUNDAMENTALS FAMILY MEMBERSHIP OPTION *BEST VALUE*: 

INTRODUCTORY price for 8 weeks is $995 + HST 

INCLUDES:

 2 hour class weekly Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm at 10 Carden Shared Space

2 meals to take home each week (value $30 x 8 weeks = $240 + HST).  Additional meals can be ordered online with at least 1 weeks notice for $18.95 each + HST

Teen Chef’s Chat online social group on Thursdays 4pm-4:45pm (optional)

Parent Facilitated Peer Support Group  with Pam Fanjoy, MSW, RSW (optional) on Sunday mornings 9-10am.   

CLASS DATES: Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm  March 6, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23rd. 

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.  

NEW CULINARY LIFE SKILLS FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE AVAILABLE in SPRING 2022 (in person; zoom programs may also still be offered if demand warrants it during our pilots in Jan/Feb):  

$1249 + HST includes 8 x two hour cooking classes with Chef Pam Fanjoy, 2 meals home a week (value $312), weekly Teen Chef’s Chat Social Group and weekly Parent Support Group plus 10% off culinary supplies at Fanjoy’s online shop. 

OR pay $159.00 for each single 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: We hope to resume these in person classes in February at 10 Carden Shared Space, pending the current government restrictions.  Stay tuned and feel free to contact Chef Pam directly with any inquiries regarding the update by email pam@chefpamfanjoy.com  

AGES: 14–18 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 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: on hold currently due to the Ontario government restrictions.  We hope to resume in person classes in March at 10 Carden Shared Space pending further information and public health recommendations. 

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

New spring classes will be posted soon pending all public health  recommendations and stay tuned to see what we are cooking up for our new baking studio in Guelph in 2022. 

 

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