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Vikram Vij is a well known chef and cookbook author who’s restaurants and recipes has garnered him world wide attention. Born and raised in India, Vij went to Austria to study hotel management. While in Austria, Vij also received his chef’s training. Vij moved to Canada in 1989, first working at Banff Springs before heading to Vancouver to work at Bishop’s Restaurant. At age 30, Vij would open his own restaurant in Vancouver, called Vij’s. Vij’s was praised as one of the best Indian food restaurants in the world. In 2004, Vij, along with his wife and business partner Meeru Dhalwala, opened a second restaurant called Rangoli. Vij followed this up by opening a food processing facility and launched his own line of Rangoli like food titled Vij’s Inspired Indian Cuisine. This is available in grocery stores across Canada. One year later in 2012, Vij launched Vij’s Railway Express on the streets of Vancouver. This is a truck that goes around the city serving top end Indian dishes to people throughout Vancouver. In 2014, Vij opened My Shanti in South Surrey. The restaurant was listed first in the Globe and Mail’s Top 10 New Vancouver Restaurants of 2014. Vij and his restaurants have been featured on several prominent broadcasts and publications, including The Food Network Canada, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Sunset Magazine and Omni Television.