, 2023-01-23 18:06:06,
by Native News Online Staff
Indigenous food chef Crystal Wahpepah (Kickapoo) joined Native News Online publisher Levi Rickert on Native Bidaské (Spotlight) last week.
Wahpepah is the owner and chef at Wahpepah’s Kitchen in Oakland, California. The restaurant’s exciting menu features innovative Aboriginal dishes that serve to delight diners, restoring the supremacy of Aboriginal food and spreading education about Aboriginal ways of eating.
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Wahpepah was a semi-finalist for the 2022 James Beard Awards in the Emerging Chef category. The awards—one of the food industry’s highest honors—recognize exceptional talent and achievement in the culinary arts.
Plus, she was the first Native American to appear on the popular Food Network quiz show “Chopped” in 2012, an experience that catapulted her into the national spotlight.
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Wahpepa spoke with Rickert about the Native foodways movement, and how Indigenous foods affect health…
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