Lori McCarthy identifies fiercely as a Newfoundlander, which means more than just the geographical location of birth to her. Her passion for the land is matched only by her passion for food culture. Deeply rooted here, the skilled chef and outdoorswoman are guided by a sense of responsibility to place. The ethics of conservation and sustainability inform her every move, and she is as serious about protecting Newfoundland culture, resources, and foodways as she is about sharing them.
To be a wild chef, forager, hunter, educator, and chronic outdoors person is less unusual amongst Newfoundlanders than you might think. The culture is based on the values of resourcefulness and working with what the land provides. But Lori has made it her life, becoming a leader and advocate in a back to the land approach where traditional food culture is central. She’s committed to keeping the wild game and foods of this province on our plates for generations to come, and passing on the pride she learned at her own mother’s knee to her own children who will inherit this island’s bounty.