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Indigenous Chopped Challenge

May 4 - June 4

Indigenous Chopped Challenge


See full post here: http://nativefoodalliance.org/indigenous-chopped-challenge/

  • Who: Calling all Indigenous Chefs and Cooks!
  • What: A weekly cooking challenge judged by a panel of featured chefs and mentors.
  • When: Weekly from May 1st
  • Where: This challenge will be 100% online and will utilize platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Why: With the atmosphere of today, NAFSA is hoping to create an inspirational challenge to engage Indigenous food producers, chefs and the broader Native community, offering engagement and inclusion through traditional foods.



  • This challenge will complement the launch of the Food and Culinary Program 2020 application year, as well as highlighting the partnership between NAFSA and Intertribal Agriculture Council. This challenge will be a vehicle for a rapid pivot response to Covid-19 and how it is  impacting Native communities and Indigenous Food Sources.
  • Along with highlighting the work chefs are doing, it also will highlight the work of the producers. The goals here are making connections, networking, and relationship building.
  • The challenges will be done weekly, changing the course and basket ingredient requirements. Each week baskets could  include one foraged item, one protein and one acid. The basket ingredients will change and be up to the individual participant to decide on and provide, however they have to comply with the weekly requirements.
  • Featured chef mentors will be weekly judges, explaining the rules and challenge requirements. They will put together a small team of judges who will be responsible for choosing and announcing the winner for the week.



  1. Submissions must be 59 seconds or less, edited appropriately to show cooking technique;
  2.  Post videos on Instagram with the hashtags #indigenouschoppedchallenge #NAFSA #IAC  #intertribalfoodsummit ;
  3. Challenges will be posted weekly by different mentors. (The mentor that posts the challenges will submit their requirements prior to the challenge);
  4. The mentor of the week will put together a team to decide the winner.
  5. If you are not a judge, feel free to participate in the challenge.
  6. Weekly prizes will vary. The prize will be announced when the challenge requirements are posted.
  7. Each week we will feature different Indigenous producers. Dishes can contain any additional ingredients as long they highlight the main requirements.



This challenge will lead up to the Virtual Intertribal Food Summit.  In addition to the featured chefs that will be giving presentations, a webinar topic will be offered to each of the weekly winning chefs along with a follow-up  product package. This package will be sent to each weekly winner directly from the producers and will be sponsored by Intertribal Agriculture Council. The winners will be expected to create a video/webinar topic  exemplifying the use of the product. The video will be featured at the VITFS. This challenge will also offer a producer spotlight by giving their products as prizes.  This will assist in building  stronger relationships between the chefs and producers.


May 4
June 4
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Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance