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You're the Chef cooking program at school

You’re the Chef (YTC) is a cooking program designed to help youth develop the skills and confidence necessary to prepare healthy and tasty recipes. A variety of topics are covered in the program, including food safety, recipe preparation and nutrition. Students ages 10 and up participate in the program. Dedicated adult volunteers are trained to deliver the program in schools.


  • Develop food literacy, food skills and healthy eating habits
  • Develop confidence in preparing nutritious and safe food
  • Build self-esteem, confidence and social connectedness
  • Practice safe food-handling and basic kitchen safety
  • Two adult volunteers (parents, school staff, grandparents) to facilitate the program
  • Attend a two hour training workshop hosted by the health unit (in-person and virtual options available).
  • A clean area with tables, sinks and power outlets.
  • Access to cooking equipment (suggested equipment list provided during Leader Training).
  • Funds to purchase ingredients for recipes (recipes provided during Leader Training).

Our School Health team offers training for YTC Leaders and can support your school with planning for implementation. The interactive two hour YTC Leader training workshop provides the opportunity to prepare recipes and to learn about basic food safety practices. Resources will be provided to support the implementation of the program at your school, including a training manual and access to additional online tools, resources and information to run a successful program. Resources include: YTC Manual, recipes, promotional tools, and instructional videos.

Interested in offering You’re the Chef at your school? For more information, or to discuss your program needs, contact your School Public Health Nurse or email [email protected]


‘YTC is a great initiative that encourages the next generation to be successful adults'

‘Students loved the program!’

These are the training dates offered for the 2023-24 school year.  Please register for the location that best suits your needs.

Virtual dates (via Microsoft Teams)

  • December 5, 2023 (4-5:30pm)
  • January 31, 2023 (4-5:30pm)
  • February 6, 2024 (4-5:30pm)

In-Person dates (maximum 16 participants per session)

  • November 22, 2023 (4-6pm) – Stayner
  • November 28, 2023 (4-6pm) – Muskoka   CANCELLED
  • January 17, 2024 (4-6pm) – Coldwater    CANCELLED
  • February 28, 2024 (4-6pm) - Barrie

Please complete the registration form to secure your spot.

Additional 2024 training dates and locations will be announced when confirmed.

If you have any questions about the You’re the Chef training, please email [email protected].
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