Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cooking for Solutions with Vikram Vij

Sierra Mar was recently honored to help sponsor the annual Cooking for Solution at Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Sierra Mar and Post Ranch Inn have long been advocates for sustainability and conservation, so the event is something we are passionate about.

This year we hosted Chef Vikram Vij from Vancouver.  Chef Vikram has three restaurants in Canada as well as two popular cookbooks and a line of spices and curries.  Each year he makes a pilgrimage to India to hand select spices that will go into his proprietary curries.  Classically trained in Austria, Vikram is one of the few chefs who has taken traditional Indian food to such a refined level.  For the event he prepared Pacific Halibut seasoned with dried green mango on a black garbanzo bean curry.  He was also gracious enough to prepare a pot of chicken curry for our kitchen team.

Following the event I took Vikram into Carmel Valley to check out some local vineyards.  He was very impressed with the ingredients and wines available around Monterey Bay.  Working with Vikram was a real pleasure and I hope to have him back to Post Ranch soon for a collaborative dinner.

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