Celebrity chef Vikas Khanna has won the internet with his sassy response to a BBC TV news anchor's question regarding his empathetic approach towards the issue of hunger.
The Michelin-star chef has been conducting massive food distribution drives to feed people who have been left jobless and penniless due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The interviewer wanted to know if his "sense of hunger" stemmed from his roots in India, where he grew up in a household of very humble means.
The chef was asked at the BBC interview: "You have been famous now. You have cooked for Obamas, you have been on Gordon Ramsay’s show. But, you were not always like this. You are not from a rich family; so, I dare say you understand how precarious it can be in India."
Responding to the anchor's assumption in a calm demeanour, Vikas Khanna said: "No, I am from Amritsar, everyone gets fed there in the langars. My sense of hunger came from New York."A clip of the episode has gone viral on social media and the chef is being praised high and low for his comeback.
Vikas Khanna, michelin star chef, gives it back to BBC news anchor.
Anchor: In India, you were not from a rich family. So your sense of hunger must have come from there.
Vikas: NO, I am from Amritsar, everyone gets fed there in the langars. My sense of hunger came from New York! pic.twitter.com/u06BJDSzvj
— Harpreet (@CestMoiz) June 27, 2020
Aye @BBCWorld r u still on colonial hungover???
— SanathanDharmi17 (@Santhani17787) June 27, 2020
@BBCWorld u would do well to have a look at the people relying on food banks in the UK... sense of hunger u can experience even in a rich country..
— MaoKaTau (@badaamsheikh) June 27, 2020
The Arrogance of the White Man
— namita (@namitaj68) June 27, 2020
Absolute gold from Chef Vikas. These britishers are still in colonial hungover. Well done Chef, very well done.&mdash (@manaspratim10) June 27, 2020