Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Rick Powless

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Name:  -Traditional name is Lakhwawyʌhu (Good Cook)  -English name is Rick Powless  Location: Six Nations of the Grand River Territory  Education/background:  -Fanshawe College, Apprenticeship  -Red Seal Chef (Canada)  -Dip. Ed. (Diploma in Education-Secondary), University of Western Ontario  Business name: Standing Stone Foods  Tribe: onʌyoteˀa ká, ohkwaliha ká (Oneida Nation of the Thames, Bear Clan)  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Justin Pioche

Name: Justin Pioche Location: Upper Fruitland, NM Education/background: Kirtland Central High school (diploma), Arizona Culinary Institute (Certificate in Culinary Arts) Business name: Pioche FoodGroup, LLC  Tribal affiliation: Navajo. Salt Clan Navajo born for the Folded Arms People  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? I was not raised traditionally. I was born in Farmington, NM, but spent a lot of my time in Phoenix, AZ, throughout my life. That […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz

Name: Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz Location: Rio Verde, AZ Education/background: Natural foods chef and traditional healer Business name: Kitchen Curandera Tribe:  Xicana with Tewa lineage on mother’s side  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? Having grown up eating many of our traditional foods, I also saw how many of them were disappearing from our lives as the standard American diet became more prevalent. During that time I saw my mother […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Elena Terry

Name: Elena Terry  Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI  Education/background: Exec Chef/ Founder Wild Bearies   Business name: Wild Bearies  Tribe: Hocak (Ho-Chunk, Wisconsin)  What led to your passion for indigenous foods?  Our foods have always been a large part of my life. I think the connection and passion is something that has just always been there for me. Some of […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Crystal Wahpepah

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  Name: Crystal Wahpepah Location: Oakland, California Business name: Owner, Wahpepah’s Kitchen Tribe: Kickapoo  What led to your passion for Indigenous foods? I always loved Native foods and I got to cook at a young age with family. It came so natural for me to be in the kitchen, like it was my gateway to […]