Marie-Cecile Nottaway is an award-winning chef who represented Canada’s Indigenous people, the Algonquin. She holds five prizes including the Ottawa Rising Stars Award and the Young Entrepreneurs Award of Quebec. But before this fame, Nottaway has always been grounded to her roots where her family taught her traditional way of cooking. In 2009, she opened her own company, Wawatay Catering, which means “Northern Lights”. Nottaway has cooked for high-ranking politicians and demonstrated her techniques at Restaurants Canada, the country’s top food conference representing the indigenous cuisine and how one’s tradition still lives on today.
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