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Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Programs

Culinary classes, therapeutic programs & life skills training to nourish body, mind and soul™.

Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary programs are cooking up change that lasts a lifetime for youth and their families.

Fanjoy’s Junior Chef™ programming provides youth, age 12-24 years of age, with innovative cooking classes and therapeutic programs that build confidence, increase social connection and teach healthy life skills for optimal mental health. When youth feel that they belong and can feed their body, mind and soul, they will thrive and reach their potential.

Fanjoy Culinary + Wellness Centre is the exclusive provider of culinary educational services for Fanjoy Cooking Up Change and in support, also offers & administers a new Fanjoy Bursary program for 2022, to ensure that Fanjoy Junior Chef™ programs are accessible to all youth. Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Fundamentals, Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Classics + Life Skills, and Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Summer Camp for Teens are all eligible for the Fanjoy Bursary.


Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Fundamentals Level 1 & 2

This 4 week cooking program will focus on learning the fundamentals of knife skills, using heat to create flavour, wet and dry cooking techniques, basic sauce making and how to use what is at hand in the kitchen to reduce food waste. Teens will build their confidence, make new friends and experience how food can bring us together for more connection. Menus will focus on using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and developing the skill of cooking without needing to even have a recipe.

Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Fundamentals, Classics + Life Skills

These small therapeutic culinary classes run by Chef Pam Fanjoy and Cai, our Child & Youth Worker, are geared towards youth with autism, mental health concerns or learning differences learning to both cook AND cope better with life’s more complex challenges.  Teens in this program may be dealing with anxiety, depression, family illness or loss, trauma, Autism, ADHD, learning challenges, separation & divorce or eating disorders. With 30 years of social work experience as an adolescent and family therapist before becoming a chef, Pam has developed a unique way of using milieu approaches in these specialized culinary classes where teens disconnect from their screens, take a break from parents, and make new friends all while learning how to cook up their favourite dishes! 

Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Summer Camp for Teens

This program features daily technical culinary instruction with Chef Pam along with life skills coaching that focuses on building confidence, developing problem-solving skills, enhancing communication skills and developing self-care strategies while working in the kitchen. Teens will also learn about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, food insecurity, eliminating food waste and food’s impact on climate change.

Let’s connect and cook together.

Not sure which one is right for you? Book a free discovery call to find out more about Junior Chef Culinary Programs.


Note: we are not booking any more Discovery Calls in 2022. Please check back for updates in the new year.

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