fbpx
 

Today, Hulu debuts Chefs vs. Wild, a new cooking show that combines 16 seasoned chefs with 10 highly-trained survivalists in the British Columbia wilderness.

Together, they have up to 96 hours to survive and make a restaurant-worthy three-course meal that’s with foraged ingredients and a protein of their choice during a cook-off for a panel that will ultimately choose one final winner.

Each episode follows two contestants with highly-trained survivalists while they are left in the wilderness to build shelter and forage for ingredients. The cooking competition is in a kitchen with multiple wood stoves, small fire pits, grills and cast iron cookware. The winner will be announced on the October 17th finale.

Chefs vs. Wild is hosted by Kiran Jethwa, a Kenyan-born chef, restauranter, media personality, and creator of the YouTube channel Fearless Food.  The show presents two Indigenous survivalists, Jordyn Burnouf (Cree, Black Lake First Nation) and Robin Lafreniere (Lake Manitoba First Nation, Anishinaabe); Indigenous chef Nico Albert (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma); and Indigenous co-host, Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot Indian Tribe). 

“‘Chefs vs Wild’ was an adventure I never imagined I would have the opportunity to experience,” Albert told Native News Online. “I got to push myself in my skills and creativity in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It was a challenge and an honor to represent my family and community.”

Albert is a self-taught chef of Cherokee and Acadian heritage who now runs Burning Cedar Indigenous Foods, a catering and consulting LLC in Tulsa, Oklah. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Albert was laid off from his position as executive chef at Duet Restaurant & Jazz Club in the Tulsa Arts District and decided to go “all in on being a part of the Indigenous food revitalization movement. Albert is featured in episode 02 titled, “Oh Matsutake, Where Are You?” available today on Hulu.

Show co-host Segrest says Chefs vs. Wild provides critical visibility for Native chefs and Native food knowledge. 

“I've always longed for more Native representation in cooking competitions and survivalist shows so when this opportunity came around I knew it was critical to increasing our visibility in these spaces,” Segrest told Native News Online. “To be able to share perspectives on our foods as teachers and a high-level introduction of the living bodies of knowledge on the land and the water and the possibility of powerful transformation is super exciting.”

 

 

More Stories Like This

Culture Shock Festival Will Debut in Rapid City April 15
Eiteljorg Museum Appoints New President, CEO
Illuminative Launches Podcast about the Crimes of Indian Boarding Schools
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Set to Celebrate 25th Annual Powwow May 20 & 21
WATCH: Native Bidaské with ‘Prey’ Producer Jhane Myers (Blackfeet & Comanche)

12 years of Native News

This month, we celebrate our 12th year of delivering Native News to readers throughout Indian Country and beyond. For the past dozen years, we’ve covered the most important news stories that are usually overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the rise of the American Indian Movement (AIM), to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous People (MMIP) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps. If you’re in a position to do so, we ask you to consider making a recurring donation of $12 per month to help us remain a force for change in Indian Country and to tell the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Author: Darren ThompsonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Darren Thompson (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is a staff reporter for Native News Online who is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Thompson has reported on political unrest, tribal sovereignty, and Indigenous issues for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Indian Country Today, Native News Online, Powwows.com and Unicorn Riot. He has contributed to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Voice of America on various Indigenous issues in international conversation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.