Shayna Allen: this entrepreneur is stepping into her confidence by serving up delicious eats out of her food truck
Shayna Allen is Inuvialuk from Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Her love of cooking was inspired by her naanak, Mary Allen. Shayna grew up watching her naanak make many dishes with traditional foods both in the kitchen and on the land. Shayna’s culinary creations are best described as fusion.
She loves learning about other cultures and then designing savoury dishes that meld the flavours and techniques of their cuisine with local northern ingredients. One of Shayna’s favourite and much-loved dishes is “Nice Pho What?,” a bone-broth soup featuring Vietnamese spices, thinly-sliced caribou meat, and rice noodles.
Shayna’s innovative and delicious recipes have been featured in the pages of Above and Beyond: Canada’s Arctic Journal and Tusaayaksat. This summer, residents of and visitors to Inuvik had a chance to enjoy the fruits of Shayna’s culinary labour at her new food truck: InuvikEats. Outside of food truck season, Shayna is available for catering and cooking classes. This fall, she will be once again sharing her passion and “kitchen creativity” with young people through cooking classes at the Inuvik Youth Centre.
This is part of the Feeding Our Spirits video series that shares the stories of Northern culinary entrepreneurs who are nourishing their communities with traditional ingredients, innovative techniques, and deep care.