After 29 years of leadership in assisting the Stratford Chefs School to its place as one of the pre-eminent culinary training program in Canada, Eleanor Kane is stepping down from her daily responsibilities and will assist in an advisory capacity to the school and its board.
Kane brought 30 years of restaurant experience, along with professional skills in the HR area, to her work at the school.
A University of Alberta graduate with a master’s degrees in science and psychology, Kane first worked in the clinical area of child development. From there, she made a leap into the restaurant business and established The Old Prune Restaurant in Stratford with her business partner Marion Isherwood.
In 1983, Kane joined with James Morris of Rundles to co-found the Stratford Chefs School. In the subsequent years, the enterprise has evolved into a pioneering restaurant-focused training program, widely-recognized across Canada.
“It has been a wonderful journey with the Stratford Chefs School, its students and faculty” says Kane, “I have every confidence in the new leadership team.”
Meg Westley has been appointed to the new position of program director, with responsibility for all areas of curriculum, including supervising and supporting the faculty.
Westley has taught communications at the school for the past 15 years and this year held the position of head of theory. She has a strong background in education, with a PhD from the University of Toronto, 25 years as assistant professor at the University of Waterloo and 10 years as trustee for the Avon Maitland District School Board.
“I feel very lucky to be given the opportunity to work with such an excellent faculty of renowned chefs and expert theory instructors,” says Westley. “My number one priority will be to maintain the high calibre of instruction and the intense immersive program that Jim Morris and Eleanor Kane established and which have produced Canada’s best chefs for the past thirty years.”
Kim Cosgrove, a Stratford Chefs School graduate, has been appointed to the new position of operations director, a step up from the work she has done in school administration since 2007.