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Food Spin with Chef Aleem

Food Spin with Chef Aleem

Follow Toronto chef Aleem Syed as he zips around the city in his Halal and wheelchair accessible food truck, the Holy Grill.

Food Spin with Chef Aleem

Follow Toronto chef Aleem Syed as he zips around the city in his Halal and wheelchair accessible food truck, the Holy Grill.

  • Through Hard Times 

    Through Hard Times 

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Aleem meets another chef who has been through hard times and came out on top. Will this introspective day give the aspiring restaurant owner the boost he needs to finally open his own place?

  • Montreal Gastro Tour 

    Montreal Gastro Tour 

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Aleem is inspired as he goes on a gastro tour of Montreal with a fellow chef, learning more about the city’s rich and exuberant food community. 

  • Back in Time for Brunch

    Back in Time for Brunch

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    On a quest to be a better chef, Aleem takes a trip back in time and learns to make butter from scratch at a pioneer village. Then, going back to his roots, he visits a mosque where he prepares brunch for the Muslim community. 

  • Crossroads

    Crossroads

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Aleem is at a crossroads – now that he’s successfully built his food truck business is it time to open his own restaurant? He consults his mentors to help decide what’s next. 

  • The Perfect Burger 

    The Perfect Burger 

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    A perfectionist to the core, Aleem’s quest for the perfect burger is never over. Plus, he explains the importance of community in his life. 

  • Fishing with Friends

    Fishing with Friends

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Aleem and his best buddy Aejaz re-connect with nature and go fishing on Lake Ontario; an intimate moment that highlights a new side to Aleem.

  • In the Beginning

    In the Beginning

    Aleem revisits his past as he stops by the place where a shooting accident changed his life forever and shares his story with a group of kids at his local community centre.

  • Eat BBQ

    Eat BBQ

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    The Holy Grill crew tests out a new brisket poutine recipe at a barbeque festival while cultivating creativity and networking with other chefs. Aleem explores the impact of multiculturalism on the city of Toronto as well as his own cooking. 

  • The Food Truck Life 

    The Food Truck Life 

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Chef Aleem’s food truck is more than just a truck, it’s a symbol of his achievements. A day at work highlights all the things he once feared would be impossible after his accident. 

  • Into the Woods

    Into the Woods

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Aleem visits Arianne and Gérald in Quebec’s Laurentians to forage for some wild roots, berries and plants. He is inspired by his connection to the earth as he cooks over an open flame.

  • Ride on Time 

    Ride on Time 

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Being a food truck chef is tough and today’s job is proof! But, hard work pays off and Aleem feels great satisfaction as a crowd of smiling people thoroughly enjoy his food.

  • Getting to Know You

    Getting to Know You

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Aleem throws a dinner party for a few friends where he shares more of who he was before the accident, how the event changed his life, and his dream of having his own restaurant.

  • Don't Change my Recipe

    Don't Change my Recipe

    Duration: minutes and seconds

    Meet Aleem and his mother Jeelani, who inspired him to become a chef and saw him through the tough times following his accident. Tradition is an important part of his cooking, so Jeelani teaches Aleem an old family recipe.