CHEF JOSEPH SHAWANA
Chef Shawana is Odawa, part of the Three Fires Confederacy. Born and raised in Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve located on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, he was brought up knowing that food is life. Currently Chair of Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations and a Professor at Centennial College, Chef Shawana has been named one of the top ten chefs in Ontario and won the ‘best world cuisine’ award in 2019 with his restaurant Ku Kum Kitchen, in Toronto, beating over 33,000 restaurants. Chef Shawana's food philosophy stems from his deep rooted Indigenous heritage that amplifies each story that is tied to each plate he makes.