Sage at River Cree
Chef Chartrand is a celebrated Edmonton Cree Chef working consistently to ensure Canadian Aboriginal cuisine becomes a big part of our regional food scene. Growing up on an acreage outside of Red Deer offered an early life in a rural setting. Hunting and fishing with his father laid the groundwork for his research into the traditional food of his aboriginal origin. After moving to Edmonton for culinary training, he has spent most of his adult life honing his craft. Working with award winning chefs, training in some of the best restaurants and hotels, and developing new recipes and food concepts, he has furthered his culinary skills and has breathed new life into his aboriginal heritage recipes, introducing them to a whole new generation in a fresh and innovative manner.
Chef Chartrand is community minded and supports charities such as Kids with Cancer, the MAKE-A-WISH foundation, and CNIB. Teaching cooking to Aboriginal youth reminds him that success is not dependent upon credentials and experience, but also how much is offered back to build and foster one’s own community. Culinary competitions have motivated Chef Chartrand and pushed his experience past what he initially thought possible and now spends time trying to change the face and interest of “Indigenous cuisine” to promote main stream First Nations Culinary Arts.