VICTORIA, B.C. — David Roger, executive chef at The Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour’s Fire & Water Fish and Chop House, has teamed up with the Songhees Nation for a traditional First Nations’ cuisine food truck.
The truck hit downtown Victoria’s streets on May 12, offering fare such as a bison burger with orange and mustard aioli, gluten-free bannock and salmon with candied red onion marmalade. The food truck’s base of operations is the Clipper ferry terminal at Victoria’s inner harbour.
Roger has previously worked with the Songhees First Nation and is trying to put a twist on traditional ingredients. “We’re trying to incorporate as many ingredients as possible [and do] comfort food with just a little bit of excitement on the end of it,” he says.
Roger is also starting a chef-training program in partnership with the Songhees Nations’ Wellness Centre and Camosun College.