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Chef Vassan

e-dition - March 23, 2007

International Cuisine on Campus

By Ilana Simon

Earlier this month, University Food Services and UWinnipeg's Office of Housing and Student Life held a "Chef for a Day" promotion aimed at students living in UWinnipeg campus residences.

The winning recipes, submitted by "Chef " Vassan Aruljothi, were featured as part of a Malaysian buffet luncheon in Riddell Cafeteria on March 15, 2007.  The menu included Vassan's fried rice, Vassan's spicy srhimp, devil chicken curry and vegetarian Malyasion quinoa.

"I really wanted to do a good job of representing my culture," said Aruljothi, a third-year Psychology student from Kuala Lampur. "Malaysian culture is a combination of Indian, Chinese and Malaysian traditions and the food reflects these influences."

Lindsey Sturgeon, a fifth-year Education student welcomed the new international buffets now being served on a semi-regular basis by University Food Services. "They're fantastic and the food is delicious," she said. "You get good-sized portions, there's variety. It's great."

Celebrating Cultural Diversity
Lynn Jones, Director of Student Life Services, said the response from faculty, staff and students has been wonderful to Chartwells' international  buffet luncheons -which have ranged from Mexican to Italian to Thai themes.

"The buffets are generating a lot of excitement, especially with the International students and the kitchen staff," Jones said. "It's a great way to celebrate the cultural diversity on campus."

Food Services will be offering several more international luncheons before the end of term and are planning to continue this popular promotion when students are back next Fall. "It's great to be able to offer ethnic foods this way, at a reasonable price and provide an alternative to our campus community," Jones said.

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