Sherry Pocknett, Chef

•Indigenous Winner of the James Beard Award •Former Mashantucket Pequot Museum Chef

Series: Outstanding Native Women | Story 10

Mashpee Wampanoag of Massachusetts tribal member Sherry Pocknett was recently honored as one of over 20 other semifinalists from the six New England states. And Pocknett would go on to win the coveted James Beard award for Best Chef of the northeastern U.S.-the first Native American woman ever to win the honor.

Nicknamed the "Academy Awards of the food world," the James Beard award is the highest honor in the U.S. food industry. It is also considered to be among the country's most prestigious honors in recognizing outstanding talent in the culinary and food media industries. The Award is also...