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 Tina was born in a little town in New Brunswick, which she still calls home. She currently lives in the Niagara Region here in Ontario and has worked at the French Catholic school board for the last 7 years. Tina is 100% Acadian French and speaks Chiac. In her spare time she loves to be with her family whether it’s trying new recipes, traveling, going on beautiful nature walks and listening to music.
Chef Sylvia was born and raised in a small town in New Brunswick called Richibucto. Her first language is French, She began to learn English around the age of 8. She is Acadian, and speaks Chiac. Sylvia moved to Niagara Region as a teenager but often goes back home to visit her family and friends. She was a Restaurant Manager for 12 years. For the past 6 years, she has been working with her husband delivering energy savings programs for the government. She loves to spend time with her family, loves to listen to music and always looks forward to family vacations in the sun.
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