Chef in wheelchair opens accessible food truck

“If it takes an able-bodied person 30 steps to get to his dream and it takes me 90, I’m still going to get there just as fast as they’re going to get to their dream,” says Chef Aleem Syed.

One of those steps is being the proud owner of the first fully wheelchair accessible food truck in North America and, likely, the world.

Chef Aleem Syed in his food truck.
Chef Aleem Syed in his food truck.

The Holy Grill (named for that future restaurant) features a ramp coming out from under the back door and a wider passage, allowing the 33-year-old chef to turn his wheelchair 360 degrees. The truck has lower surfaces for easier access and space for his chair next to the driver’s seat.

“In the beginning it was a little shocking like it would be for anyone’s life,” he says, “but after that it’s like, what are you going to do, sit at home and cry or are you going to make something of yourself?”

You can read more about Syed in NOW Toronto.

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