Mohawk Nation Turtle clan citizen Tawnya Brant is Chef Owner of Yawékon Foods and Yawékon By Chef Tawnya Brant, a take-out lunch counter and catering service that focuses on Haudenosaunee traditional and contemporary cuisine.
She grew up in her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River. Tawnya spent her foundational years with a kitchen filled with Indigenous harvests and wild game. She has also worked in the restaurant industry for 28 years and is a Top Chef Canada Finalist season 10! Chef Tawnya spent over a decade as a freelance support Chef opening prime franchise restaurants. After becoming a mother she switched her focus to Indigenous foods and catering, founding Yawékon Foods as a focus on Haudenosaunee culinary roots.
Since 2014 she has travelled across North America sharing her cuisine and food philosophy. Chef Tawnya has opened Yawékon by Chef Tawnya Brant in her home territory of Ohswé:ken and will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary this November.