For our 50th podcast today, Rajan travels to Canada to meet Vikram Vij, an Indian-born Canadian chef, cookbook author, an investor on Dragons Den, and mentor to the masses. Today’s session is a rare insight into the man behind the ingredients, an open book of emotions, and a fortunate stroke of serendipity.
In pursuit of happiness and wearing his heart on his sleeve, Vikram Vij speaks about the challenges he faces from the aftermath of his divorce, fame, and the highs and lows and views on life that will resonate with many.
About Vikram Vij:
Vikram Vij grew up in India, left in 1984 to study hotel management in Austria, and went to Canada in 1989, where he took a job at the Banff Springs Hotel, after a chance meeting with the General Manager of the hotel who was visiting Vienna. He immediately recognized the opportunity to establish himself in a country that was still growing and finding its way with culinary arts and opened his first restaurant in Vancouver in 1994.
About the Global Indian Series:
Rajan Nazran is the chief chief explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable global community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!
Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.
We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together.
Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express, OWM, Manager, ABC and many more.
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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Vikram Vijj
Art Design – Vanisha Patel
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