Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence


This one-of-a-kind program continues to attract national and international writers of the highest credentials to lead workshops with our students about food writing in all its forms. A public lecture opens the doors to the public to experience food writing at its best.

The 2013 Gastronomic Writer in Residence is Dianne Jacob.  Dianne is a writing coach, editor and writer following a long career as editor and writer for Canadian newspapers and American international magazines.  She has freelanced for Gastronomica magazine, Salon.com, Writer’s Digest and co-authored the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas with chef Craig Priebe.  She is an experienced speaker and instructor, coaching writers at all levels and continues to edit books for publishers. It is Dianne’s knowledge and experience in teaching / coaching writers that convinced the GWIR Selection Committee to choose her as the seventh candidate in the illustrious lineup of writers who have held this chair at the Stratford Chefs School. Dianne is thrilled to be “back in Canada” – she was born in Vancouver, where she lived until moving to California in 1977. Her last job in Canada was as editor of a Vancouver restaurant magazine.  

In the fall session, SCS students will make use of Dianne Jacob’s book Will Write For Food which won two awards, the 2005 Cordon d’Or Literary Award and the 2007 Gourmand World Cookbook Award. Jacob was also a Finalist for the 2007 IACP Bert Greene Award. In the forward to the book’s second edition, David Lebovitz writes “Dianne Jacob, a seasoned editor, has compiled all the information anyone might need to know who wants to explore a career writing about food”. Dianne will conduct a one-day Writing Workshop in Toronto on Saturday November. 23, 2013 in conjunction with her residency at the Stratford Chefs School.  The workshop will be held at the offices of Harper Collins Canada, 2 Bloor St. East, 20th Floor Toronto.  Registration is limited, please call the School for tickets: $125 per person, $100 per SCS alumni.  A box lunch will  be provided.  Telephone 519-271-1414. 

The Gastronomic Writer in Residence program is endowed in part by the family of Joseph Hoare, to honour Hoare’s support of young writers interested in food while he was at the helm as food editor at Toronto Life magazine. Support for this program has been enhanced by a circle of donors who give generously each year to sustain this one-of-a-kind program, unique to chef training in Canada.