The non-Indigenous owners of Kooks Burritos in Portland closed their pop-up shop in May after word got out that they stole tortilla recipes from Indigenous women in Mexico. Last year, renowned director Francis Ford Coppola opened Werowocomoco, a Native-themed restaurant. These are just two notable examples of how people appropriate food from outside their own cultures. We’ll find out how Native chefs feel about appropriation and ways they’re fighting it.
Claudia Serrato (Purepécha) — anthropologist, professor and chef
Karlos Baca (Tewa, Diné, Ute) — Indigenous food chef
Neftalí Duran (Mixteco) — Oaxaca chef
Loretta Barrett Oden (Potawatomi) — chef from Oklahoma, creator and host of “Seasoned with Spirit: A Native Cook’s Journey,” an Emmy award-winning PBS mini-series
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