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Cooking for Truth and Reconciliation



Cooking for Truth and Reconciliation
Vikram Vij and Indigenous Chef Rich Francis Teaming Up


VANCOUVER, BC (January 10th, 2018) – Vikram Vij will team up with rock star Indigenous chef, Rich Francis, at the next Chefs Collaboration Dinner Series at South Surrey’s My Shanti restaurant on January 29th, 2018. Together they will take diners on a culinary journey of truth and reconciliation. 

“Chef Francis is doing incredible things to grow Indigenous food culture by modernizing dishes while keeping traditional ingredients and culture at the heart of what he creates,” said Vikram Vij. “I am honoured to be able to collaborate with him at our next Chefs Collaboration dinner, because we share a similar cooking philosophy.”

Vij is well known for being an “unofficial ambassador of Indian cuisine in Canada,” and in fact the Vancouver-based chef shares a Canada 150 ambassador title with Chef Francis. Vij’s wish is to make Indian food a part of a Canadian family’s kitchen repertoire. Like Vij, Francis works to redefine Indigenous cuisine and generate awareness about pre-colonial food systems. He uses his work as a chef to address important First Nations issues like truth and reconciliation, colonization, diabetes, obesity, food sovereignty and more.

The Truth and Reconciliation collaboration on January 29th will demonstrate a unique blend of Indian and Indigenous flavours and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. It will feature five courses created alternately by each chef. A local farm will provide the ingredients for the dinner.

The event is ticket-only. Reservations for the $135 per person (including tax and gratuity) dinner, can be made by emailing: with the subject line “Truth and Reconciliation.”

My Shanti is located at: 15869 Croydon Dr, Surrey, BC V3S 0G2.



Rich Francis is the chef/owner of The Seventh Fire Hospitality Group. He also won third place on Canada’s Top Chef in 2014. And he is the co-producer for a new groundbreaking documentary called “Red Chef Revival” – a unique travel and food series that will follow him on a cross-country journey to redefine indigenous cuisine, create a better understanding of pre-colonial Indigenous food systems, and address truth and reconciliation through Indigenous foods and the impact of colonization.

His restaurant, The Seventh Fire, is a first of its kind destination and is slated to open in spring 2018 in time for the launch of his first cookbook, “Closing the Gap; Truth and Reconciliation Through Indigenous Foods”. Francis lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his wife and children.


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