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Nephi Craig

Nephi Craig

Chef Nephi Craig is the founder of the Native American Culinary Association (NACA), an organization that is dedicated to the research, refinement, and development of Native American Cuisine. Nephi helped prepare a Native American themed menu for the renowned James Beard Foundation through his work with NACA. He has been a contributing author writing about the state of Native American culinary traditions affected by hunting, fishing and agricultural rights as well as the U.S> and Indian relations in Native American History. Executive Chef Nephi Craig has served as head chef for international culinary events held in London, Germany, Japan and Brazil. He has been recognized in numerous national and international publications such as Huffington Post, Newsweek Magazine, Forbes Magazine & Food and Wine Magazine and more. Chef Craig serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for Native Food-ways Magazine. Craig was featured in the film 'Gather' (2020) which is a documentary on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and is also a pioneer in the development of 'Restorative Indigenous Food Practices', a term which is critical for social recovery and Indigenous resurgence during the age of fast food and disease. Restorative Indigenous Food Practices is a place-based social science technique that integrates developments from a variety of disciplines and fields - including nutrition, education, psychology, social work, criminology, sociology, organizational development, industrial psychology, Indigenous leadership and recovery principles, in order to build healthy communities, decrease crime and antisocial behavior and restore relationships. the technique uses therapeutic learning, teaching and healthy communication while revitalizing culture and wellness. Nephi Craig is an Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS) and Behavioral Health Technician (BHT), currently serving as the Nutritional Recovery Program Coordinator at the Rainbow Treatment Center and Executive Chef of Cafe Gozhoo on the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona.

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