Toronto Raptor Fred VanVleet’s new restaurant docuseries debuts on YouTube Monday – Toronto Star

Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors and NBA champion partners with DoorDash and Uninterrupted to host docuseries on YouTube called “Made For This”. The series will showcase the entrepreneurial journey of five restaurant owners across Canada.

  • Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors and NBA champion partners with DoorDash and Uninterrupted to host docuseries on YouTube called

  • Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) dribbles up the court against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, on Sunday, Nov. 21.

By Urbi KhanStaff Reporter

Mon., Nov. 22, 20212 min. read

Fred VanVleet has taken a brief step off the basketball court to bring viewers on a cross-country tour of Canada to meet owners of various beloved community restaurants.

VanVleet has partnered with DoorDash and Uninterrupted to host a five-part restaurant docuseries called “Made For This” premiering on YouTube on Monday. The Raptors star and NBA champion will take viewers to restaurants serving various cultural cuisines in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

Some of the restaurants featured in the docuseries include: Toronto’s Aunt Lucy’s Burgers, Whitby’s Signature Indian Cuisine, Calgary’s Take it and Go and Vancouver digs, Chickpea and Kula Kitchen. The docuseries aims to showcase the entrepreneurial journey of small business owners through DoorDash programs.

In each episode of “Made For This,” VanVleet sits down with the owners to learn about their cultural history and how it informs the food they make. Throughout the show, while speaking with the restaurant owners, VanVleet shares with them his own lessons for success learned through passion and hard-work.

“Once I heard the concept behind this project, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved with,” said Fred VanVleet in a press release.

As a member of 2019’s championship Raptors team, Fred VanVleet emerged as one of the NBA’s ultimate role players.

“As someone who has always believed in himself and fought against all odds to achieve success, there’s a part of me in all the stories of these proud business owners,” he said in the release.

The Canadian hospitality industry has faced hardships and challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a reality that has only been exacerbated for marginalized and BIPOC business owners. The docuseries aims to highlight the stories of such restaurant owners and the importance of their presence and their food in their communities.

In order to support the business owners and their restaurants, DoorDash is donating $10,000 to each participating eatery, according to the press release. The restaurants participating in the docuseries have also had access to DoorDash’s Entrepreneurship & Access Programs.