07/09/2012 02:46 EDT | Updated 09/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Saveur's James Oseland named writer-in-residence at Stratford Chefs School

STRATFORD, Ont. - The editor-in-chief of the American culinary magazine Saveur, James Oseland, has been chosen as this year's writer-in-residence at Stratford Chefs School.

Oseland, who is author of the 2011 book "The New Comfort Food," which offers a cornucopia of authentic home-style recipes from around the world with sidebars featuring personal stories and cultural/historical details, will spend two weeks at the school this fall as the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence.

He'll help students with the challenge of creating and maintaining culinary blogs as part of their communication skills; he will also lead workshops on gastronomic writing.

As part of his Nov. 25-Dec. 6 residency, Oseland will present a public lecture in Stratford on Dec. 5.

Under Oseland’s editorship, Saveur has won more than 25 awards, including eight prestigious James Beard journalism awards and an award for best single-topic issue from the American Society of Magazine Editors. With the 2006 publication of his book, "Cradle of Flavor," Oseland is described as “one of the greatest interpreters of Southeast Asian Cuisine.”

On Nov. 25 Hoare's family will hold a fundraising lunch at the Gardiner Museum restaurant in Toronto prepared and served by students and faculty of the Stratford Chefs School and featuring dishes from Oseland’s books.

Tickets ($200) to the luncheon may be reserved by calling the Stratford Chefs School at 519-271-1414 or by emailing

The Stratford Chefs School writer-in-residence program is named after Hoare, a former food editor of Toronto Life magazine who died in 1997.