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 Stratford Chefs School is honoured to announce 


Lucy Waverman


2014-15 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence


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As one of Canada's favourite culinary personalities, Lucy Waverman brings her sharp wit and mouth-watering recipes to aspiring home chefs across the country. Lucy's knowledge and expertise as a celebrated author, editor, columnist and teacher highlighted her as a top candidate for the GWIR Selection Committee and culminated in her unanimous appointment as this year's Writer in Residence.


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SCS students will make use of Lucy's experience as the author of eight award winning cookbooks, including the Gold Medal for A Matter of Taste, which she co-wrote with friend and fellow wine writer, James Chatto. A Matter of Taste was also a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Entertaining Award. Her new book written with fellow Globe Wine and Spirits columnist Beppi Crosariol The Flavour Principle is already an award winner.


Lucy appears regularly on television and radio shows including 12 years with CityTV's CityLine. Her Wednesday food column "Weekend Menu", and Saturday column "Fresh Tastes" appears weekly in The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper.


She is the food editor of Food & Drink, a magazine published by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. She contributed to the Toronto Insight Guide writing about the Toronto food scene as well as doing the restaurant reviews and she writes about food travel for, the internet restaurant and travel guide.


In 2005, Lucy was presented with the Gold Award in Food Media/Journalism by the Ontario Hostelry Association for her efforts in mentoring young talent and for educating the public about cooking and world cuisines through her writing and teaching. Recently, Lucy was honoured with The Women Culinary Network's 2013 Woman of the Year award.


Lucy has an Advanced Certificate from the London, England Cordon Bleu, an Ontario Teachers' Certificate and a degree in journalism. For many years, Lucy owned and directed The Cooking School, a Toronto school devoted to the teaching of good cooking.


Lucy believes strongly in volunteerism and was on the board of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and chaired their Julia Child Cookbook Awards. She was on the Board of Second Harvest and lately worked in theatre with the Necessary Angel Theatre Company. Her work is seen in many charitable cookbooks.


Watch for a future announcement of dates and events related to Lucy's residency at the Stratford Chefs School.

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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.


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:


Dianne Jacob coach, editor and writer

James Chatto columnist and author

Corby Kummer writer and author

Michael Symons Australian academic and author

Ian Brown journalist and author

Clotilde Dusoulier author and blogger

James Oseland editor-in-chief, Saveur