Today’s top entertainment story is about a TV show I came across called Moosemeat and Marmalade. And, the darn series is every bit as funny as it’s name. With true Canadian humor it matches a First Nation forest foraging chef with a prime and proper British chef, and it’s a recipe for hilarity. The show stars bush cook, Art Napoleon, and classically trained British Chef, Dan Hayes. It’s a half hour of absolute hilarity as they explore and compare Indigenous and European culture and cuisine. They couldn’t be more different, or more set in their ways, but the synergy they create is absolutely magic, and the interplay of the contrasting worlds is really, really funny!
Moosemeat And Marmalade Is As Funny As It Sounds
Every week one of these chefs choose an ingredient and lead the journey. For the weak of stomach, be forewarned that the show starts with the hunting and gathering of food, which includes butchering, so it’s very graphic – but in an instructional, and often humorous way. Each chef takes turn hosting the other, teaching the other how and where to gather natural herbs and edibles in their respective climates and habitats, then teaching the other how to properly butcher, prepare, and cook it all. And as they do, they take enormous delight in watching each other’s response when they announce that tonight’s culinary delights will include traditional dishes like “Moose Guts” and “Spotted Dick”.
Of Moose Guts And Spotted Dick
Both chefs have quick wits, wonderful senses of humor, and a mind boggling knowledge of the world around them. In fact, Moosemeat and Marmalade is this old fart’s new favorite show. It’s broadcast on APTN, Canada’s indigenous broadcasting network, and I have to say that it’s extremely well done. In fact, I laugh my darn ass off every darn time I watch it. I especially love watching Art’s expression to the European tradition of combining alcohol with meals. He gets an expression that I’ve only ever seen an Indigenous person make, as if he’s trying his best to make sense of something that makes no sense; almost like he’s saying to himself, “Wow, no wonder they’re so bat-shit crazy, the dumb asses made drinking poison a part of their culture!”
Art Napoleon Is A Campfire Culinary Master
Of Cree heritage, Art’s knows his way though a forest. He’s a very experienced bush hunter, gatherer, and a marvelous outdoor cook. In fact, Art’s nothing short of a campfire culinary master, and a man’s man when it comes to hunting and surviving in the Northern wilderness. He’s a role model, actor, comedian, story teller, musician, consultant, teacher and chef extraordinaire. He loves nature, and experimenting and combining his vast knowledge of indigenous plants and wildlife with home-style cooking techniques to create healthy, economic meals with a gourmet flair. His mannerisms reflect his deep respect for all things. He’s a protector of food sources, a wildlife conservator who prevents the destruction of natural habitat, and wastes as little of all things as possible – all very important issues to his life.
Dan Hayes Is A Classically Trained Chef
From across the pond (the Atlantic Ocean), Dan’s a prim and proper classically trained chef whose culinary careers have taken him from the west coast of England, to London, Spain, The Canary Isles, and Canada. In the process, he’s worn the hats of a sous chef, food stylist, executive chef, teacher, and food marketing manager. Since moving to Vancouver Island four years ago, Dan’s thrilled to be part of the dynamic and close knit food community in Victoria. He’s been busily familiarizing himself with Canada’s west coast cuisine, developing relationships with local chefs, and working with regional produce and flavors. And there is just no mistaking his enjoyment of working with Art, because it’s ever present.
Both Are Truly Great Guys
Art began acquiring his skills as a child, while Dan draws on years of European history and tradition. Both are truly great guys, remarkable chefs, witty, and though they’re constantly jokingly trading jabs, they’re immensely respectful of the foods, cultures, and people encountered, and each other. The combination of the two diametrically opposed cultures provides a furious flow of funny. Together they create modern food that looks as good as it tastes, while humor and camaraderie fills the screen. So if you’re looking for something to watch that’s educational, inspirational, and frigging hilarious, you’ve got to check out these two chefs as they come together to create and explore culture, culinary traditions, worldviews and, of course, to whip up some really good food, like moosemeat and marmalade.
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