Feeding Connection, Cooking up Change

Chef Pam Fanjoy’s innovative Junior Chef programs focus on enhancing the physical well-being and mental health of youth & families. Do you know a youth who could be a Junior Chef in the making—someone looking for adventure in the kitchen, ready to gain new found cooking skills who also likes making new friends? Come join award-winning Chopped Canada Champion, Chef Pam Fanjoy—also a Clinical Social Worker with 25+ years of experience specializing in adolescent & family therapy—in her kitchen and get ready to cook up change! Learn more about Chef Pam.

Feeding Connection

The Fan/Joy Junior Chef Fund supports our innovative Junior Chef Programs by creating access to programming for those who may need financial assistance. There are several ways to support this special initiative, including dining in our restaurant—where $7 from every Hills-burgher sold is donated to the Fan/Joy Junior Chef Fund—OR by simply donating below.

Fan/Joy Junior Chef

One-On-One Therapeutic Cooking & Life Skills

For those dealing with anxiety, depression, bullying, school related problems, defiant behaviour, Autism, Aspergers, ADHD/ADD, family concerns. Please click below to learn more about the referral and assessment process, fees and possible coverage under private health care benefits.

Registration – $495 full day
Ages – 11–15
Dates – March 16–20, 2020
Class time – 9AM – 4PM

Fan/Joy Junior Chef

Cooking & Life Skills March Break Camp

Chef Pam combines her therapy experience and restaurant know-how to teach children communication skills, collaboration, problem solving, perserverance, etiquette and cooperation as they spend their mornings during March Break working as a team in a real commercial restaurant kitchen.

Afternoons include health and wellness includes yoga for cooks, pottery to build restaurant dishware (express your creativity with Ann Randerand, local pottery artist,) nutrition fun, meditation, gratitude moments, musical team building and expressive arts. Our week will culminate on Friday with a Chopped Canada style lunchtime competition and creative presentation. It’s a great event to book a reservation for and watch all of the action!

PROGRAM INCLUDES: 5 fun-filled all day adventures of cooking, eating and creating. A field trip to the Hillsburgh Fire Department for fire safety training, a Fan/Joy Jr. Chef hat and 5 morning snacks with lunch included.

Private sessions also available on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, often preferred by youth experiencing anxiety, depression, social struggles, autism or medical concerns. Sessions may be covered under government or private health care benefits if you qualify. Call Pam at 519-308-0900 for further details.

Registration – $229 per session
Ages – 11–17
Dates – April 24, June 5, June 26
Class time – 9AM – 1PM

Fan/Joy Junior Chef

Cooking & Life Skills PD Day Camp

Chef Pam combines her therapy experience and restaurant know-how to teach children communication skills, collaboration, problem solving, perserverance, etiquette and cooperation as they spend their PD days working as a team in a real commercial restaurant kitchen.

We then invite you to bring your friends for lunch as these Jr. Chefs will use their new skills to serve lunch in the restaurant with Chef Pam—learning a whole other set of valuable skills out in the dining room serving our community!

PROGRAM INCLUDES: morning snack, skill development—communication, collaboration, problem solving—a kitchen tool to start your own personal ‘knife kit’ and lunch.

Private sessions also available on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, often preferred by youth experiencing anxiety, depression, social struggles, autism or medical concerns. Sessions may be covered under government or private health care benefits if you qualify. Call Pam at 519-308-0900 for further details.

Registration – $195 per session
Ages – 17 plus
Dates – Feb 22 & 29, Mar 7, 14, 21 & 28, Apr 4
Class time – 9AM – 11AM

Fan/Joy Junior Chef

NEW! Culinary School Prep Class

Chopped Canada Champion. Chef Pam Fanjoy teaches the basics – preparing you to launch a career in the culinary world or prepping for culinary school this fall. Also well suited to adults wanting to learn the fundamentals of cooking. Students must be 17 years or older. Adult registrants will be accepted only if space permits, after February 1st.

Books and the classroom will teach you a lot, but preparing for the reality of work­ing in a restaurant kitchen, studying properly to ensure you perform at your high­est potential and actually learning the real life skills needed to thrive as a culinary student is tough. Chef Pam knows what it takes and this 8 week course will give you the founadtion and the fundamentals. Limited to 4 students per session. Allows for hands on training and interactive discussions, as well as, Q & A time.

PROGRAM INCLUDES: Knife Skills 101, Hygiene and Personal Habits for Success, Politics in life, the kitchen and yes, the Classroom too, Foundation—Soups & Stocks, Sauces, Meats & Proteins and Vegetable Cookery.

If participating in our Jr. Chef Therapeutic Life Skills Program, sessions may be covered under government or private health care benefits. Call Pam at 519-308-0900 for further details.