Restaurateur, Former Judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den
Vikram Vij is the owner of award-winning restaurants Vij’s Restaurant, Vij’s Rangoli, and My Shanti, and food truck Vij’s Railway Express. Vij’s Restaurant is world-renowned, described by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman as “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.” Vij is also the creator of Vij’s At Home, a line of prepackaged gourmet curries that are cooked by hand in Surrey, BC, and sold in over 300 locations across Canada.
Vij has been involved with the Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia, Farm Folk City Folk Organization, Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood, UBC Farm fundraisers, and the Green Table Society. Vij and his wife Meeru’s dedication to the work done at the University of British Columbia resulted in the funding and opening of Vij’s Kitchen, a state-of-the-art culinary learning facility dedicated to teaching the chefs and nutritionists of the future about ethnic food and cuisine. Vij is a recipient of the BC Food Processors Association Rising Star Award and The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He is the co-author (with Meeru) of two award-winning cookbooks: Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine (which won the Cordon d'Or Gold Ribbon International Cookbook Award) and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey.
From the Kitchen to the Boardroom: Business, Entrepreneurship, and Cooking with Love
When Vikram Vij immigrated to Canada in 1989, he had no idea he would eventually become one of the country’s most recognizable faces. In this talk, he takes us through his journey—from opening his first restaurant to starring on one of the most popular shows in Canada—and the obstacles, challenges, and successes he experienced along the way. How does he do things differently from other entrepreneurs? How has he expanded his business without compromising his vision? And how has he kept his family and his love for Indian cooking at the forefront of everything he does? It all comes down to passion, he says—for what you do, for where you came from, and for what you want to accomplish in this life.
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