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The Time Pierre Trudeau Came Into Vikram Vij’s Restaurant

Season three of Recipe To Riches is debuting on Wednesday, February 26 and one of its judges, Vikram Vij, credits, in part, the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with his success.

It was an honour when Trudeau dined at his Vancouver restaurant, Vij's, a number of years ago.

Vikram told George how it went down:

"Pierre Trudeau came into Vij's one day," started Vikram. "He walked in with Justin (Trudeau) and the whole restaurant goes pin-drop silent. My kitchen women had no idea who this man was. So he eats dinner, he's leaving at the end, and I go up to him and touch his feet and I say, 'Mr. Trudeau, I just want to say thank you on behalf of my kitchen staff that it was your policies in the 1960s that allowed immigrants like all of us to come and be successful. 

"And he was very nice. He picked me up and gave me a big hug and said, 'You know, I've had Indian food many times. I love your food.' And he actually went into the kitchen... and he looked inside and said, 'Ladies, very good food.'

"And the loved it. They had no idea who this man was. And I was like, 'This is the reason why you are here in this country. So it was such a beautiful aspect of it."

Vikram Vij's interview with George airs Wednesday, February 26, 2014 on CBC.

credits

A Day In The Life Of Vij's - Rogers Broadcasting Limited, OMNI TV

Recipe To Riches - Temple Street Productions