(1) The World is His Oyster
Vikram Vij was born and raised in India (specifically Amritsar, Delhi and Mumbai) before leaving home at the age of 20 to study and live in Salzburg, Austria. He then moved to Switzerland where he trained as a French chef. After Switzerland, he moved to Canada in 1983 and now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.
(2) He’s a trendsetter
In 2013, he was the first person in Canada to ever host a live-streamed cook-along segment where viewers could Cook Live with Vikram Vij. This was done with the intent to make Indian cuisine more accessible to the everyday cook. Viewers were encouraged to cook a family meal at the same time while tweeting questions and photos as the curry was being prepared. Thanks to Chef Vikram, live-streaming cooking has now become a mainstream move.
(3) Vikram Vij is a huge sustainability and local business advocate
Vij has championed many causes including the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program – which Chefs Plate is also part of! Other notable organizations that he has been involved with include Farm Folk City Folk Organization, UBC Farm fundraisers and the Green Table Society – all of which promote a deep commitment to the environment and sustainable food-sourcing. His work as president of the Cambie Village Business Association and contributing chef to the Vancouver Food Vendor Pilot Project has helped support the growth of local business in Vancouver.
(4) Becoming a chef was not his first choice
He is internationally recognized now but during his teenage years, Chef Vikram wanted to become a Bollywood actor! His father convinced him that Bollywood lacked job security and hence, Chef Vikram eventually decided to pursue cooking as a career. Lucky for us that he has blessed the culinary world with his delicious dishes.
(5) Food isn’t his only expertise
Chef Vikram also loves his wine! Vikram became a certified sommelier from the International Sommelier Guild in 2000, and is passionate about pairing wines with his cuisine.
Vikram Vij is our special Guest Chef on Chefs Plate – his dish, Vij’s Family Chicken Biryani, is available to order for delivery on the week of April 17, 2017
New customers only. Delivery area dependent on customer location. Promo valid until Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 11:49PM EST