Vikram Vij Net Worth $50 Million
Vikram Vij (born 1964) is an Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, and television personality. He is co-owner, with his ex-wife Meeru Dhalwala, of the Indian cuisine restaurants Vij’s Restaurant and Rangoli Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also owns My Shanti, a restaurant in South Surrey, BC. In 2014, Vij was announced as a new “dragon” investor on the Canadian reality show Dragons’ Den for its ninth season and departed at the end of the season.
Vikram Vij grew up in India in Amritsar, Delhi and Bombay. In 1983, he left India to study Hotel Management in Salzburg, Austria. While there he received his chef’s training. Vij later became a certified sommelier.
Vij and Dhalwala have collaborated on two cookbooks, with Dhalwala writing the text. They published Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine in 2006, which won several awards in 2007, including Cuisine Canada’s Gold Award for Best Cookbook and Cordon d’Or Gold Ribbon International Cookbook Award. In 2010, the pair published Vij’s at Home: Relax Honey, which placed second in the Best Indian Cuisine Book in the World category at the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Vij has been an ongoing contributor to The Globe and Mail since November 28, 2007.
In 2012, Vij’s Railway Express was launched onto the streets of Vancouver. It is a mobile food truck serving up top quality Indian curries to people in downtown Vancouver for weekday lunch and at private catering events. Vij opened his first solo restaurant, My Shanti, based in South Surrey, in 2014. My Shanti means “my peace” and the menu is based on Vij’s culinary travels and includes flavors, ingredients, and influences from all over the world. My Shanti won Vancouver Magazine’s Best Indian Restaurant in 2016.
The Rangoli location on South Granville closed in May 2020, and the menu was consolidated with Vij’s on Cambie due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.