Photo of Gabrielle Hamilton (1 MB) - Photo Credit: Melanie Dunea / CPI 




The Stratford Chefs School is honoured to announce: 


Gabrielle Hamilton


2015-16 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence



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Photo credit: Melanie Dunea/CPI 


As the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village and the author of the New York Times bestseller Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, Gabrielle Hamilton's knowledge and expertise as a master chef and celebrated author singled her out as a top candidate for the JHGWIR Selection Committee and culminated in her unanimous appointment as this year's Writer in Residence. 



“I couldn’t be more delighted that Gabrielle Hamilton has accepted the position of Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence at the school for the coming year. Not only is Gabrielle an award-winning food writer, she is also a highly acclaimed New York City chef and restaurateur. Having a writer in residence with this combination of skills is fantastic."  -  Meg Westley, Stratford Chefs School Program Director



Opening Prune in October 1999, Gabrielle Hamilton was named Best Chef NYC by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 (nominated in 2009 and 1010).


 She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur, House Beautiful, and Food & Wine. She has also authored the 8-week Chef column in The New York Times, and her work has been anthologized in eight volumes of Best Food Writing.


Her much lauded memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef won the James Beard Foundation’s award for Writing and Literature in 2012.



“Magnificent! Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever.” - Anthony Bourdain



She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and the Food Network, winning Iron Chef against Bobby Flay. She currently lives in Manhattan with her two sons.


In November 2014, Gabrielle Hamilton released her highly anticipated first cookbook, Prune, “a recipe companion book to the memoir” filled with signature recipes from her celebrated New York City restaurant of the same name. It has since become a fast favourite of critics and connoisseurs alike.


This January SCS students will not only have a chance to work with Gabrielle on their writing skills, but will also have the opportunity to learn from her in the kitchen. While in residence, Gabrielle Hamilton will Guest Chef three Stratford Chefs School dinners, working elbow to elbow with our students to bring a little bit of her Prune to Stratford's Prune Restaurant (the school's dinner venue partner).



 "She will teach writing, share her unique experiences in the restaurant industry and act as International Guest Chef for three dinners, inspiring and informing our students in both the classroom and the kitchen.”  

- Meg Westley



Gabrielle Hamilton will be in residence from January 11 - 23, 2016.

Two Toronto events in support of the Stratford Chefs School are currently in the planning stages with dates to be released once confirmed.




Learn more about Blood, Bones, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton




 Joseph Hoare


The Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence Program


Established in 2007, 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 Gastronomic Writer in Residence program is supported 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.


The Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence Selection and Advisory Committee is a volunteer council dedicated to the culinary and literary community:

Eleanor Kane (Committee Chair), co-founder Stratford Chefs School

Alison Fryercookbook enthusiast and champion 

Richard Mahoney, lawyer, Hoare family member

Mary Luz Mejiafood enthusiast, writer, researcher and food TV producer/ director

Dana Speersexecutive chef, food writer, recipe developer, SCS alumna

Lucy Wavermanauthor, editor, columnist and teacher

Meg Westley, Stratford Chefs School Program Director


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.


 Previous gastronomic writers in residence include:


2014 - Lucy Waverman, author, editor, columnist and teacher

2013 - Dianne Jacob, coach, editor and writer

2012 - James Oseland, editor-in-chief, Saveur

2011 - Clotilde Dusoulier, author and blogger

2010 - Ian Brown, journalist and author

2009 - Michael Symons, Australian academic and author

2008 - Corby Kummer, writer and author

2007 - James Chatto, columnist and author