Top Chef Canada Season 9 will be hitting the airwaves on April 19th on Food Network Canada. For the first time, we have a trailblazing woman; Siobhan Detkavich, who is the youngest & first Indigenous Chef to be competing on the show. Siobhan lives in the Okanagan, home to one of our WIL Chapters and is presently working at the Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery.
Siobhan’s profile on The Food Network outlines her impressive resume, where at 21 years of age, she is one of the youngest Red Seal certified chefs in the country. In addition, she also won the bronze medal for cooking at the Skills Canada National competition.
Speaking to Casanet.net, Detkavich says ““Because I’ve worked closely with the Osoyoos Indian Band, they’ve been more than generous showing me what their nation was brought up as. So I try to do a lot of West Coast meets Interior to showcase what each region has to offer. It’s still kind of a work in progress but I think it’s really important for people to understand we're such a hidden nation although we’re the nation of Canada and I think its incredible cause there’s so many stories to tell.”
I was the kid that came from absolutely nothing. I came from a background where I went months at a time sometimes without water or power throughout high school so I’d wake up, go to the gym, brush my teeth at the gym or I’d shower and do laundry at my best friends house. Just different areas where its like okay, literally you had nothing to your name but if you take it and you want to work towards something, you put your head down. Anything is achievable.”
Siobhan took the Industry Training Authority (ITA) Youth Program through her high school and then attended the Culinary Arts program at Okanagan College.
We look forward to following Siobhan's journey on Top Chef Canada, as well as all her future endeavors. Congratulations Siobhan!
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