BACK TO BASICS
For the chef, "First Nations" means "first cuisines". It means going back to basics, rediscovering the simplicity of food. Because, here, in Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, traditional Cree cuisine rhymes with seasonality and locality. In the summer, fish, berries, and various edible plants are in the spotlight.
To eat fish, you must catch it, prepare it, and cook it. Each step takes time and requires special skills "that have gotten a bit lost", according to Stéphane.
Fishing requires patience and knowledge of the environment. Stéphane, Frédéric and their guide Charlie caught different species of fish: speckled trout, lake trout, whitefish, walleye, and northern pike by using a Cree traditional fishing method; net fishing.