Rural Spotlight: Marlene Smith

Hello, I’m Marlene Smith-Tutin, I am Aishihik from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. I grew up in Canyon Creek. In 2008 I graduated from the Culinary program at what was then Yukon College and have been feeding Yukers ever since. I love to be outdoors, I love animals and I love food!  

You can find Marlene catering or in her new food trailer, The Bannock Barn!

What’s on your playlist right now?


What is one thing that you look forward to every season?

Cooking for people, it’s what I love to do.

When someone from out of town comes to visit, what is something you always do or prepare to eat?

We sit around the campfire and cook campfire food- hotdogs, hamburgers, moose ribs, salmon.

Name one Yukoner you are influenced by, and why?

My mom, because she taught me structure in life!

If you could have a superpower, what would you choose and why?

Spreading kindness- we need more of that

What are one or more superpowers that you DO have, that have helped with your business?

I’m efficient, and I like my job, so it does not seem hard. 

Thanks for sharing, Marlene!