Stratford Chefs School

Stratford Chefs School

October 28, 2008 09:01 ET

Senior Food Editor of The Atlantic Selected as 2008 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer-in-Residence at Stratford Chefs School

STRATFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2008) - The Stratford Chefs School announced its 2008 selection for the Joseph Hoare Writer-in-Residence Program at a special luncheon in Toronto on Sunday, October 26, 2008. Many of the world's top writers were on the short list for this program, named for Joseph Hoare, a former food editor of Toronto Life Magazine who died in 1997.

Richard Mahoney, chair of the Gastronomic Writer-in-Residence selection committee and a nephew of Hoare, introduced the committee members, and then announced that Corby Kummer, senior editor at The Atlantic, would be the 2008 Gastronomic Writer-in-Residence this fall. He will spend one week at the School in November and a second week in January 2009.

Educated at Yale, Kummer started at The Atlantic Monthly in 1981 where his writing established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative and creative food writers in the United States. Restaurant critic of New York Magazine in 1995 and 1996, Kummer has served as the restaurant critic for Boston Magazine since 1997. He is also a regular food commentator on television and radio. In addition to The Joy of Coffee (Houghton Mifflin, 1995), which is based on his Atlantic series, he has written The Pleasures of Slow Food (Chronicle Books, 2002) in celebration of artisans who cultivate, raise and prepare regional foods with all the passion and expertise earned by generations of stewardship. Kummer attended the launch of Slow Food Toronto, having consulted with Pamela Cuthbert, Jamie Kennedy and Roberto Martella, founders of the Toronto chapter. He is the recipient of three James Beard Journalism Awards, including the M.F.K. Fisher Award.

"We are very pleased to announce Corby Kummer as this year's Writer in Residence," says Eleanor Kane, Director and Co-founder, Stratford Chefs School. "He will bring a unique passion for food and writing, a rare talent and one our students will benefit from long after their time at the School is over."

Eccentric and widely loved, Hoare was immensely supportive of young writers who were interested in food and wine - writers such as James Chatto, the first Gastronomic Writer-in-Residence. Now known around the world, the program was such a success in 2007, its inaugural year, that when students at the Stratford Chefs School were asked who they would like as the 2008 writer, they almost unanimously pleaded for Chatto's return.

"Corby is one of the good guys. He matches his formidable intellect with an empathetic soul," says James Chatto. "He has the gift of listening - and I believe that will be very valuable in his tutorials at the Stratford Chefs School. Our old friend Joseph Hoare would have liked him enormously, and I can think of no greater recommendation than that."

"This program has provided us with a broader range of skills and career options," says Theresa Kimmerer, a student at Stratford Chefs School. "There is an assumption we will all become chefs, and the Writer in Residence Program has brought food writing to the forefront as another excellent opportunity in the food industry. It has been wonderful to establish a relationship with James Chatto and we are very excited about that same prospect with Corby."

The Joseph Hoare Writer-in-Residence program not only contributes to a well-rounded education for students at Stratford Chefs School, it also encourages the continuing development of food journalism in this country and a distinctive Canadian food culture. Established in 1983 by restaurant owners Eleanor Kane and James Morris, Stratford Chefs School is the only culinary educational institution in Canada that is operated by restaurant professionals.

For more information on the program or the activities of Corby Kummer at the school, e-mail Kimberley Payne, the executive director of the Stratford Chefs School, at

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