RED CHEF REVIVAL
2019, 120 minutes (6 episodes, 20 min. each)
Bringing pre-colonial ingredients to the modern table, Six Nations chef and Top Chef finalist Rich Francis is decolonizing Canadian cuisine, one dish at a time. New York Times featured Algonquin chef Cezin Nottaway use ancestral methods learned by her grandmothers' but with a modern twist. Chopped Canada finalist Shane Chartrand, who didn't discover his Enoch Cree heritage until his 20's, is using his passion for food to heal and tell his story. Through these three chefs, filmmakers Danny Berish and Ryan Mah explore the central concerns of indigenous communities, such as language revitalization, mental health and substance abuse.
Red Chef Revival features ingredients you won't find in any cookbooks, like bison heart, beaver tail, moose nose, seal and cougar, and goes beyond dishes such as frybread and bannock. Using food as their access point, these chefs discover a new path to reconciliation.
Episode 1 - Osoyoos: Coming to grips with his inner demons, host Rich Francis travels to what he calls the Hollywood of Indigenous Reservations, Osoyoos, to cook with an ingredient he’s never used before, cougar.
Episode 4 - Maskwacis: Following an epidemic of suicides and gun violence, youth of Maskwacis are re-writing their future. Host Rich Francis finds new meaning to reconciliation by cooking moose nose ragù and moose leg salad for the kids
Episode 5 - Blood tribe: Host Shane Chartrand visits the Blood Tribe to cook a bison heart over an open fire. Combining rare zhylem syrup harvested from balsam poplar trees he finds new meaning in Indigenous cuisine.
Episode 6 - Nemiah Valley: An annual deadly horse race brings host Cezin Nottaway to Nemiah Valley in British Columbia. Struggling with her own insecurities, she finds a new sense of pride while learning to pit cook a deer and fire roast a salmon.
Subjects & Collections
Festivals & AwardsHotDocs 2019 - Official Selection
Further ReadingThe New York Times - An Algonquin Chef Fights to Restore Indigenous Cuisine
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