Xaxli’p First Nation, BC
“Love of food, love of friends and love of family – they all come together when we eat…I say, make cooking an enjoyable experience; prepare for it with the proper tools and equipment and get in there with your hands to feel the spirit of food.”
Award-winning culinary artisan David Wolfman has not only revolutionized the culinary landscape here in Canada, but he has also changed the way the world thinks about Indigenous and North American cuisine. A classically trained chef, Chef Wolfman has won multiple educational, industry, and community service awards. He is internationally renowned for his knowledge of wild game and Indigenous cooking techniques and was the creator of the very first Indigenous catering company in Toronto, ON. As a culinary consultant, David leads workshops in Indigenous culinary and cultural tourism and family meal planning. He is a popular motivational speaker at First Nation youth conferences, business association gatherings, and career fairs. He is also devoted to helping students discover their passion for Indigenous cuisine and techniques as a Culinary Arts Professor at George Brown College. Chef Wolfman introduced wider audiences to Indigenous Fusion – traditional foods with a modern twist – as executive producer and host of Cooking with the Wolfman, his own TV series, which aired on APTN from 1999-2017. His cookbook, Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion, was co-written with his partner, Marlene Finn; it premiered to great acclaim and appeared on numerous “Best Cookbooks” lists.