Fresh from winning best burger in the 2022 Wellington on a Plate festival, we chat to Chaat Street’s chef Vaibhav Vishen.
Chaat Street’s vegetarian burger, Dabeli, beat off 200 competitors to win the title. Vaibhav’s inspiration for the burger and Chaat Street itself, was to bring genuine Indian flavours to New Zealand. The restaurant opened on Victoria Street in April this year following a successful pop-up for Wellington on a Plate 2021.
Vaibhav earnt his stripes in culinary world working as head chef of Mr. Go’s, and for Spring Kitchen, as well as being Aston Norwood’s former executive chef. He also co-owns the Books N Bricks cafe in Auckland.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up I wanted to be a chef. But coming from a family of educationists there was an expectation from me to be in an academically leaning a career.
I ended up studying a degree in computer science to fulfil the social expectation, and eventually I ended up doing a degree in culinary arts in Wellington at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu.
What’s your bad habit?
I rarely socialise with friends and family. I value my work more than anything and this is something I really need to work on.
What’s your go-to takeaway order? Or your favourite dining out dish?