Treaty 2 Territory -In July of 2021, when much of the world remained closed down to the Coronavirus Pandemic, a young Anishinaabe Ikwe from the Ebb and Flow First Nation walked into her first day as a new hire with Chop Steakhouse in Winnipeg.
Nicole Hunter has spent the past few years in Winnipeg employed in the food services industry. She proved her reliability and dependability working at City Place, and managing several food trucks during the summer months in Winnipeg’s downtown and Red River Exhibition grounds. Her interest and desire to work in a commercial kitchen only grew and she was destined to turn her passion into a career.
Nicole is the great grandchild of Ka Ka Kwe Ke Jeong Knowledge Keeper/Elder Angela Hunter and grandchild of Melvina Hunter. She began employment at Chop Steakhouse as a Prep Cook. In only 5 short months, management took notice of Nicole’s efficiency, skills and ability and she worked her way up to Line Cook.
Nicole continues to excel in her position doing something that she truly enjoys. The career is much more than a pay cheque and tips to her; she has formed some incredible friendships and relationships with her team in the steakhouse’s kitchen. Together, while listening to music, they create the delicious and savory dishes that so many have come to enjoy at the Chop.
Recently, Marvel Blais, President of Chop Steakhouse & Bar visited the establishment. While many employees would be nervous having the big boss in the kitchen, Nicole was excited and embraced his visit. Her confidence and her ability to recognize her own strengths built her up for this day and for a career that allows her to prepare the finest cut of steak perfect to one’s liking.
“Thank you for taking the time to talk with me, I hope my story can encourage others back home to follow their dreams. I hope they are encouraged to do what they love, even if that means having to leave home for a while to receive training and experience. I love what I do!” shared Nicole.
Our Treaty 2 Territory Anishinaabek Government Congratulates Nicole on her profound success as a commercial line cook; we wish her well on her journey as she works towards her dream in Culinary Arts of becoming a Professional Chef.
Marlene Davis, Nation & Economic Development Helper
Last modified: March 30, 2022