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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.

Brief History on our guest:

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.

A chef with his heart still deeply entwined with the culture he grew up in, his passion lies in bringing the scents, textures, colors, and tastes of his country to his adopted home in Vancouver. Vikram’s restaurants have an almost cult-like following with customers returning regularly so it’s rare for you to find a person in Canada who has not heard of Vikram or his restaurants. And with his ‘No Reservation Rule’ still intact, you will hear many Vancouverites share tactics of when to visit and get a table.

For more information on Vikram Vij’s restaurants, visit

What are your thoughts on Vikram’s advice, and how have you created a sense of belonging in the country you now call home? Share your comments below.

About the Global Indian Series:

My name is Rajan Nazran and in the past 15 years, I have travelled to over 58 countries, taking on some of the biggest conversations and covering stories from around the globe. My appetite for exploration, inside know-how and good food, has seen me voyaging far and wide, from the edges of the Amazon Rainforest, battling against the hurricanes of the Caribbean, being taken hostage in Eastern Europe, through to facing Ebola in West Africa. But now I take on my biggest expedition so far…discovering countries and places that are home to our diaspora and the real experiences that come with it.

The Global Indian Series is an immersive platform that provides original, memorable, and exclusive content with on-ground interviews and insights from incredible people. It also provides a platform to celebrate the extraordinary tentacles of Identity that has weaved itself across the globe and the conversations you need to know. In addition to our award-winning podcasts, we run our print feature in partnership with The Indian Express, host events worldwide and have an upcoming docu-series.

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Episode: 50

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Vikram Vij

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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