My ancestors are of Anishnabe and Lakota origin and settled on Long Plain reserve, one hour southwest of Winnipeg, Manitoba. My great-great grandma was six years old when General George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry chased the Lakota Sioux out of the Dakotas into what became Southern Manitoba.
I realized my passion later in life and enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at Vancouver Community College in January 2008. I completed the course in January 2009 at the top of my class and was subsequently asked to compete in the William Tell Restaurant Competition that was being held in April 2009.
I competed with the top 12 students from the previous year for the title of “Student of the Year” for 2008. I was pleasantly surprised when I took First Place in the competition.
Taking the Culinary Arts program helped me actualize my passion, and upon graduating, I was approached by the Department Head of the Culinary Arts program and asked to teach in the Aboriginal Culinary Arts program.
I currently own and operate Cedar Feast House Catering Ltd., an aboriginal catering company that features innovative aboriginal cuisine as well as special menu requests. I also teach Fine Dining at Vancouver Community College through their fine dining restaurant, JJ’s.