Chef Sean Sherman

Chef Sean Sherman

Owner/CEO
The Sioux Chef
Eating Indigenous: A conversation with Chef Alex Atala and the Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman

Chef Sean Sherman, a Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Sioux, has been cooking for 27 years. Over the last few years, his main culinary focus has been on revitalizing indigenous foods systems in a modern culinary context. Sean studied extensively to determine the foundations of food systems: Native American farming techniques and migrational histories; wild food usage and harvesting (hunting and fishing); land stewardship; salt and sugar making; food preservation; elemental cooking techniques; and Native culture and history. In 2014, he opened The Sioux Chef, working as a caterer and food educator. In 2015, in partnership with the Little Earth Community of United Tribes in Minneapolis, he and business partner Dana Thompson designed and opened the Tatanka Truck, which features pre-contact foods of the Dakota and Minnesota territories. Chef Sean and his vision of modern indigenous foods have been featured in many articles and radio shows, and at the James Beard Foundation in Milan, and Slow Foods Indigenous Terra Madre in India. The Sioux Chef team continues with its mission statement to help educate and make indigenous foods more accessible to as many communities as possible. sioux-chef.com