Notre Histoire

Our “recipe” begins over 16 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 Jaime was born in Montreal and attended French elementary school while living in an English speaking home. After moving to Burlington she continued her high school French education in an Extended French program. A creative type, Jaime jumped at the opportunity to become a Chef instructor and share the joy of French language with students across Ontario in this upbeat, fun-filled program. Out of the classroom Jaime undertakes many artistic endeavours at home in Burlington where she lives with her husband and two children.
Chef Nicole has always been passionate about learning and teaching the French language and culture. She has her Honours Degree in French Language and Literature and lived in Quebec City, where she fell in love with the French “Joie de Vivre”! Chef Nicole loves to bake, to sing, to dance and is also an avid storyteller. She has taught French at the elementary school level for many years. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for the French language and culture with the students she encounters. Chef Nicole lives in Guelph with her husband who is also a teacher and her two sons.
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.
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