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 teens and young adults 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.
Junior Chef Culinary Programs
Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Fundamentals + Life Skills
Helping teens find a place where they truly belong...
This innovative 2-hour culinary class with Chef Pam Fanjoy helps teens disconnect from their screens, take a break from parents, make new friends and learn how to cook up their favourite dishes!
The small group sizes are ideal for youth with autism, ADHD, learning challenges & anxiety. Our team makes talking about real life easy and learning how to solve complex problems seems natural. We meet teens where they're at, help them to communicate, support one another and build positive, strong connections with peers.
AGES: 13–17 years
FEES: $695 + HST for 8-week course (2 hours per week)
Mondays: Guelph, Oct. 16 to Dec. 4 from 4–6 p.m. for 8 weeks
Wednesdays: Hillsburgh, Oct. 18 to Dec. 6 from 4–6 p.m. for 8 weeks.
Einstein’s Cafe, 2 Grant St., Guelph
Fanjoy Culinary Studio, 100 Trafalgar Road, Hillsburgh
Fanjoy Junior Chef starter cooking kit with a t-shirt, hat & wooden spoon.
Each week, the Junior Chefs will take home a meal for four that they've prepared for their family to enjoy.
Need help with program costs? Ask us about funding options.
“It's been an amazing experience for staff and for students and we've all learned so much, not just about cooking but also about working together as a team and taking on new roles and being inclusive of all different people and all of their strengths.”
Mary Beth Tersigni McCuen
Principal, St. Peter Catholic School, Guelph, Ont.
Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Fundamentals Level 1 & 2 for Teens
This 4-week cooking program focuses on teaching 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. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.
Fanjoy Junior Chef™ Culinary Fundamentals, Classics + Life Skills
These small therapeutic culinary classes run by Chef Pam Fanjoy and Cai, our Child & Youth Worker, teach youth with autism, mental health concerns or learning differences to 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 and 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 therapy approaches in these specialized culinary classes. Teens disconnect from their screens, take a break from parents, and make new friends all while learning how to cook up their favourite dishes! Stay tuned for upcoming dates.
RAINBOW CONNECTIONS—Culinary and life skills pod for LGBTQ2S+ and NON-BINARY teens
Finding a safe place where you belong is not only important, but critical for our physical health and mental wellbeing. This program is designed exclusively for youth identifying as gay, lesbian, non binary, trans or anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum. Gathering together to learn the basics of cooking up healthy food, budgeting, creative plating and our 3 C’s— Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation, teens will find delicious new ways to feed healthy connections and accept themselves AS IS.
Ask about our custom agency youth drop in plans that are available for select Not for Profit or Charitable Partners working within the field of youth mental health, or committed to preventing youth food insecurity and/or homelessness.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We are currently looking for either a corporate sponsor or Not for Profit funding that will allow us to resume & continue offering our in person programs for LGBTQ2S+ youth this fall. These culinary programs are always made available for select partnering agencies to book privately. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.