Notre Histoire

Our “recipe” begins over 19 years ago, when Suzanne Lefebvre-Warner created Chef à l’école to assist teachers in motivating their students into having fun with French. The French are known for their “Joie de vivre” and their love for good food; mixing these two ingredients together in the classroom was a delicious combination!

Today, under the ownership of Susanne Thériault-Golds (yes, another Susanne!), this hands-on cultural activity still continues to support French teachers and their students, all across Ontario. With a fresh new “batch” of JOIE and an excitement for learning, this program will encourage anyone to love French!

Let our Chefs add in a “dash” of French music, a “pinch” of spoon-playing, a “splash” of storytelling and a “heaping” amount of cultural fun into your classroom. What will come out of the “oven” will be an interactive learning experience that will have French students saying “nous aimons le Français” and definitely coming back for more!

Rencontrez nos chefs…

Chef Susanne, a Franco-Ontarian, is passionate about honouring her heritage through encouraging children to embrace the French language with its rich and “delicious” culture. Susanne is a creative storyteller and has an incredible talent to turn each presentation into a ‘spectacle’ to the delight of the students, parents and teachers alike. Susanne proudly used her French skills working in several bilingual positions over the past 20 years. Chef Susanne lives in Fergus with her husband and two children.
Chef Rachel learned French while growing up in Ancaster. After using her French skills in various career fields, she is excited for this new opportunity to use her skills to encourage children to pursue their love of the French language through cooking! Rachel currently lives in Brantford with her husband and two children.
Chef AmandaBonjour! My name is Amanda and I am so excited to be your Chef! I was born in Northern Ontario, somewhere near some nickel mines and a lot of lakes, but I now call the beautiful Niagara Region home. Je suis fière franco-ontarienne et j’adore partager ma culture et ma langue maternelle avec les autres! In my free time, I love to take photos, explore new places, and try new foods. If I’m not cheffing, you can find me working as a supply teacher here in the region. (bonjour à mes ami(e)s du CSC MonAvenir!). I love everything about being a chef and I am so thrilled that I can be a part of helping you develop your french language skills. Allons-y!
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