The impact of the visit was tangible, highlighting the power of professional networking — forging connections between program participants, industry professionals and a diverse international audience.
For a former program participant, the journey came full circle when a by-chance reconnection with Hergott in London led to a career opportunity back in the Rockies. This unexpected encounter resulted in a permanent job offer, providing a remarkable chance to further refine their skills and share their rich Indigenous culinary heritage with Pursuit’s local and global guests.
As summer continues to heat up, Pursuit's Banff Jasper team is thrilled to help kick off Cooks with Stones for another year on July 17, 2023. Ten passionate individuals will embark on a culinary adventure like no other.
“The goal this year is to have at least three of these students become part of Pursuit and continue to work with us in our kitchens” said Hergott, sharing his ambitions for the 2023 program.
"Wild Rice" dessert (left) and maple-smoked venison (right), rubbed with sage, salt, pepper and chaga tea. Served with wild rice, smoked corn and carrots — a colourful reflection of the “Three Sisters” crops.
This year, participants will also work with Indigenous celebrity chef Shane Chartrand. Chartrand will share land-based learnings, traditional cooking techniques — such as meat smoking — and will lead participants in medicine harvesting and berry picking.
As we embark on this next chapter with CWS, we continue to celebrate the creativity, resilience and cultural legacy of Indigenous communities, all while building bridges through the universal language of food.
We are building a team of passionate people determined to make a difference in the places we love. Every effort counts. Meet more of them here and discover how Promise to Place is the real deal.