UBC recognized 13 Centennial honorary degree recipients during spring graduation ceremony on May 27th, among them internationally respected Vij’s restaurateurs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala. UBC awards honorary degrees in recognition of substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national or international levels.
Vij and Dhalwala are award-winning restaurateurs, chefs and cookbook authors. Co-owners of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants in Vancouver, they are committed supporters of sustainable agriculture, gender equity and socially responsible entrepreneurship.
Both also have a special connection to our Faculty; Dhalwala is a key fundraiser for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm. She is also the founder and organizer of Joy of Feeding, the annual international food fair at UBC Farm and is a mentor at the Sauder School of Business for students in Social Entrepreneurship. Vij donated towards an extensive makeover of the culinary laboratory in our Food, Nutrition and Health building, creating Vij’s Kitchen, which provides a learning space for basic food theory, food preparation in a domestic setting and multicultural culinary exchange. He also sources organic produce and herbs from UBC Farm and is involved with the Farm’s fundraisers.