He's the baron of bannock

In the year since Paul Natrall — the man behind the wheel and the stove — started his food truck, he’s made quite the name for himself as “Mr. Bannock.”

A member of the Squamish Nation, Natrall features Indigenous classics, but also his own take on Indigenous fusion. Since 2018, Mr. Bannock has been touted as Vancouver’s first Indigenous food truck.

"The big goal is just to showcase Indigenous food culture,” he said.

In September, Mr. Bannock was announced as the BC Indigenous Business Award’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Natrall will be one of 15 people to be honoured at a gala dinner on Oct. 17.

When asked if he thought he’d win an award, especially so soon after launching, Natrall chuckled and said, “No. Not at all.”

Those who have eaten his cuisine would not be so surprised. Natrall, who trained in traditional French cooking with Vancouver Community College, has always wanted to be a chef.

“Growing up and learning about food, I would see Italian cuisine and French cuisine, Mexican stuff everywhere, but there was never a place for Indigenous,” he said. “There’s a huge missing link for an Indigenous food culture.

“I’m very excited and thankful that I was even nominated for something like that, let alone being awarded it."

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