- By Native News Online Staff
Potawatomi and Mexican-American Chef Stephanie “Pyet” Despain won the "Next Level Chef" competition on Wednesday night's season finale on FOX television. The 30-year-old private chef is a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
Pyet, who specializes in Indigenous fusion food that melds both sides of her background, earned the grand prize of $250,000 and a yearlong mentorship with celebrity chef hosts Gordon Ramsay, Nyesha Arrington, and Richard Blais.
Her appearance on the show helped shine a light on Indigenous cuisine and provided a boost to Despain's e-commerce business, where she sells products that play key roles in her brand of Indigenous fusion cuisine. That includes Wojapi, a traditional Native American berry sauce, which she used in winning the show’s burger challenge.
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