The finished bison heart dish cooked on the program. Photo credit to Red Chef Revival
A six episode Indigenous cooking documentary features a chef cooking some special cuisine on the Blood Reserve.
The show is called Red Chef Revival and you can watch all six episodes on YouTube.
Danny Berish is one of the producers of the show. He tells My Lethbridge Now.com that at Blood Tribe, one of the key ingredients they wanted to feature was bison.
“We actually cooked with bison heart over an open fire. One of the most incredible things when we were there is when we met with an elder who took us to a field with a bunch of poplar trees. We extracted a syrup called zhylem which is very seldom available.”
Chef Shane Chartrand is from the Enoch Cree Nation near Edmonton. Berish says one Chartrand’s friends is well-known Blackfoot film maker Cowboy Smithx, so it was natural they’d shoot one of these episodes on the Blood Reserve.
Berish says this show is about introducing people to Indigenous cuisine, which he calls the original farm to table food.
He notes Red Chef Revival is more than just a cooking show, it shares intimate stories of the people behind the plate.
Other parts of the series were filmed Fort McMurray, Maskwacis (Hobeema), as well as Prince Rupert, Osoyoos, and Nemiah Valley in B.C.