Crystal Wahpepah



Crystal Wahpepah


Oakland, CA

Chef Crystal (Kickapoo Nation of Oklahoma is the Owner and Executive Chef of Wahpepah’s Kitchen in Oakland, CA. Crystal understands the deep and powerful role that food has in our lives and uses it as a bridge to connect others with Native issues that are important to her and Wahpepah’s Kitchen. By acknowledging the Indigenous 

inhabitants of the land upon which we currently live, acknowledge and reclaim Native food ways. Through this connection, Crystal is then able to educate others on the health benefits of Indigenous foods through the knowledge that has been passed to her. Crystal has been inducted to the Native American Almac for her work  appeared on Food Network tv show a 2022 James Beard Award finalist for Emerging Chef with best new restaurant of the Bay Area of 2022

Awards & Accolades:

  • Townie Awards