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Vancouver-based Chef Vikram Vij Joins Dragons’ Den

Vancouver-based Chef Vikram Vij Joins Dragons’ Den

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Vancouver-based Chef Vikram Vij Joins Dragons’ Den

The hit reality TV series will be adding two new Dragons to the den this upcoming season—culinary extraordinaire Vikram Vij and finance “rock star” Michael Wekerle. The pair will replace the show’s original Dragon Kevin O’Leary and internet mogul Bruce Croxon.

Restaurant magnate, celebrity chef and entrepreneur Vikram Vij was born in India and left home at the age of 20, to begin his culinary career abroad. In 1994, he opened his first restaurant Vij’s in Vancouver. The award-winning restaurant has become a popular spot in the city—and a “go-to” for authentic Indian cuisine. With a strict no reservations policy, the restaurant always seems to have a never-ending lineup that is well worth the wait. The policy resonates with Vikram’s philosophy that everyone should be treated as equals.

In 2004, Vikram and his wife Meeru opened another successful restaurant right next door, called Rangoli. His third creation, My Shanti by Vikram Vij opened in March 2014, in White Rock. If that wasn’t enough, he also owns Vij’s Railway Express, a gourmet food truck serving the Greater Vancouver area.

For over a decade, Vikram has managed to dominate the West Coast culinary scene with his authentic flavours and spices. He has even launched his own line of gourmet pre-packaged curries that are based on the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Additionally, Vikram and Meeru have published two best-selling cookbooks, Vij’s: Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey.

He is no stranger to appearing on the small screen either—with experience acting as a judge on The Food Network’s Top Chef Canada. Currently, he is working on a re-launch of his original restaurant Vij’s for later this year.

Having won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011, Vikram will surely bring a wealth of experience in the restaurant industry to the Dragons’ Den.

 

Written by: Meagan Gill
Photo Credit: Renee S. Suen

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