Crystal Wahpepah

Wahpepah's Kitchen - Oakland, CA

Chef Crystal Wahpepah (Kickapoo Nation of Oklahoma) is the Owner and Executive Chef Wahpepah’s Kitchen in Oakland, CA.

Wahpepah understands the deep and powerful role that food has in our lives and uses it as a bridge to connect others with Native issues that are important to her and Wahpepah’s Kitchen.

By acknowledging the Indigenous inhabitants of the land upon which we currently live, we acknowledge and reclaim Native food ways. Through this connection, Wahpepah is then able to educate others on the health benefits of Indigenous foods through the knowledge that has been passed to her.

Crystal Wahpepah is the first Native American Chef to appear on Food Network’s Chopped in 2016, is a 2022 James Beard Award finalist for Emerging Chef with best new restaurant of the Bay Area.


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