Current owners Susanne Thériault-Golds and Alisa Lecavalier-Foster both fell in love with the Chef à l’École program as parent volunteers at each of their kid’s school.
Both Susanne and Alisa had the same aha moment as they watched the Chef presenter make the language of their childhood come alive for their children and classmates. The excitement and energy in the room, while the students were working with the Chefs, was the perfect compliment to the traditional classroom program.
Each became Chef presenters at different times both continuing to fall in love with the program. Now 15 years after its creation, Chef à l’École is under the direction of these two passionate friends and business partners.
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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 Alisa always counted herself lucky growing up in Burlington in a bilingual house. In high school, she went on an exchange to France which only served to ignite her passion for the language and culture. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in French Literature, Alisa went on to teach french, travel the world as a flight attendant and later worked in emergency services. In her journey, Alisa found that her French was an asset in each new role. Alisa loves sharing her passion for the French language and culture with students through the Chef à l’École program. Chef Alisa lives in Brantford with her husband and two children.
Éric Menard ~ Born in the south shore of Montreal, Québec and currently living in Cambridge, Ontario. Éric has spent several years in law enforcement and security. His career has taken him to an Inuit village on the 55th parallel in the northern point of QC. His work there with the youth inspired him to create community programs supporting them. Chef Éric brings his passion for his French culture along with his enthusiasm of working with youth to our program.