Saturday, 12 November 2016 11:37

Calgary Chef sees value in hunting for food

Written by Michael Short
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Chef Cam Dobranski on the VT Finley Habitat Legacy Partnership land near Taber, AB Chef Cam Dobranski on the VT Finley Habitat Legacy Partnership land near Taber, AB

Cam Dobranski has been on a journey over the last couple of years. At one time he didn't care much for the idea of hunting, even going so far as to be dismissive towards those who do hunt.

That all changed last year when the Calgary-based restaurant owner, along with other chefs from the city, where invited to participate in the annual Taber Pheasant Festival.

It was a deliberate move on behalf of the organizers of this highly successful event - to attempt to drive home the point that ultimately hunting is about eating. Bringing in some top chefs to demonstrate the various ways to serve up a pheasant dinner proved to be one of the highlights of the festival.

Cam Dobranski on hunting – video

Local landowner Vance Findley invited Cam to spend the day hunting his property, which has gone through some changes. Findley has worked hard to bring back native prairie grassland, which is an ideal habitat for pheasants.

Cam on habitat – video

What has been lost in our conversation about hunting is a disconnect as to the real purpose behind this activity. For Cam, and I think many others, it ultimately means putting food on the table. Now through his new hunting experiences, Cam has come around to a greater understanding of how this role is played out.

Cam on wild game – video

Make sure you check out the Alberta Conservation Association website to keep up on the latest information surrounding next year's Taber Pheasant Festival. Who knows, Cam might even be back to give you more ideas on how you can best serve your field to table pheasant.


Chef Cam Dobranski field preps two pheasants for a recipie

In the meantime, you can check out details on Cam’s culinary enterprises.

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