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: Freddie Bitsoie

Name: Freddie Bitsoie Location: Gallup, NM Education/background: Scottsdale Culinary Institute Business name: F J Bits Tribe: Navajo   What led to your passion for indigenous foods?   That is a loaded question because it was an unplanned journey in my anthropology studies. Back in 2007-08 I came across the term, “native American cuisine”. It did not make sense to me, but it was one that was very […]

Interview with an Indigenous Chef: Mariah Gladstone

Name: Mariah Gladstone Location: Babb, MT (Blackfeet Reservation) Education/background: Bachelor of science in environmental engineering, Columbia University; Master of science in Environmental Science, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (In Progress) Business name: Indigikitchen Tribe: Blackfeet, Cherokee  What led to your passion for indigenous foods? While I was encouraged from a young age to experiment in the kitchen, seeing the health issues that plague Indian […]

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 […]