From the moment the award-winning restaurant was within view the lovely aroma of spices, curries and fresh local vegetables filled the air. Celebrity chef Vikram Vij, well-known internationally for his vivacious personality, award-winning cuisine, countless appearances on Canadian television and a certified sommelier, eagerly greeted the guests.
“The menu highlights stewed, cooked spices, flavor, aromatics… But more than that it was to bring awareness to cuisine and the culture of the country that I left behind,” Chef Vikram Vij who was born in India, attended culinary school in Austria and resides in Vancouver said.
It was both Chef Vij’s personality and award-winning Indian comfort food that inspired public relations, tourism and hospitality expert Charlene Kauhane to invite the chef, resaturanteur and author to the islands in partnership with Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association.
“I am not the kind of Indian chef who sits in the back, I am a talker, I love people, I love connecting with people, I love people’s hearts. I don’t just cook food,” he adds.
This culinary and beverage experience showcased stations offering dishes highlighting Chef Vij’s Indian heritage, as well as the island-inspired fare with a French twist from Executive Chef Milliet.
“I wanted people to understand to be proud of where they came from and be proud of this melting pot be proud that you are a mosaic of this beautiful tapestry,” he said. Essentially, we all left with our tummies full, our hearts open and inspired to not only cook without borders but embrace our differences and welcome them.
Here’s a look at the featured dishes:Follow @mauiwatch
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