Vikram Vij was born in December 1964 in Amritsar, Punjab, India, and is a chef, television personality and author of cookbooks. Alongside his wife, he owns Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants based in Vancouver. More, he has also opened his own restaurant My Shanti restaurant located in South Surrey, British Columbia. Vij participated in the reality television show “Dragon’s Den” (2014).
How rich is the well known chef? It has been calculated by authoritative sources that the overall size of Vikram Vij’s net worth is as much as $50 million, as of the data presented in the middle of 2017. Cooking is the major source of Vikran Vij’s wealth.
Vikram Vij Net Worth $50 Million
To begin with, the boy was raised in India. However, he moved to the city of Salzburg, Austria to study hotel management. There he was trained as a chef as well as receiving the certificate of a sommelier. In 2015, Vikram was awarded honorary Doctorates of Law by the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University.
Concerning Vikram’s professional career, initially he worked for the well known chef John Bishop in Vancouver, Canada, after he moved there in 1989. After five years of gaining experience, he launched his own fine dining restaurant entitled as his surname “Vij’s” – it featured in the James Beard Annual Gala Awards in 1998. Later, his wife joined the business, and in 2004 the two launched another restaurant, this time a casual style restaurant entitled Rangoli. However, it has a special meal of gourmet curry – Vij’s Inspired Indian Cuisine. Later, they offered food processing facilities, and started selling in the markets of Loblaws City Markets, Whistler Mountain and BC Place. In 2011, Vikram Vij was honoured with Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as receiving the Rising Star Award from the BC Food Processors Association. In 2014, Vikram launched the restaurant My Shanti located in South Surrey, which took the top position on the Top 10 New Vancouver Restaurants of 2014. It was also named the Best Indian Restaurant by Vancouver Magazine in 2016.
In addition to this, Vikram and his wife published the cookbook “Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine” in 2006 – the book won Cordon d’Or Gold Ribbon International Cookbook, and Cuisine Canada’s Gold Awards both in the category of the Best Cookbook. Moreover, the family released their second book “Vij’s at Home: Relax Honey” (2010), which won Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the category of the Best Indian Cuisine Book. Recently, they released “Vij A Chef’s One-way Ticket to Canada With Indian Spices in His Suitcase” (2017). Meantime Vikram has been contributing to “The Glove and Mail” national newspaper since 2007.
To conclude, all the above mentioned engagements have added sums to the overall size of Vikram Vij’s net worth.
Finally, in the personal life of the chef, Vikram married Meeru Dhalwala at the end of 1994, and they have two daughters, but eventually divorced. Currently, Vikram resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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