Vikram Vij on the Lynda Steele Show
If you don't know Vikram Vij, you must not follow the city's culinary scene very closely.The chef and restaurateur is behind celebrated Vancouver restaurants Vij's and Rangoli, has written his own cookbooks, and has been featured on television programs Top Chef Canada and Dragon's Den.Today, he joined Lynda Steele to touch on his successes and how he sees his place in Vancouver.Posted by News Talk 980 CKNW on Tuesday, March 15, 2016
If you don’t know Vikram Vij, you must not follow the city’s culinary scene very closely.
The chef and restaurateur is behind celebrated Vancouver restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli (along with others), has written his own cookbooks, and has been featured on television programs Top Chef Canada and Dragon’s Den.
Today, he joined Lynda Steele to touch on his successes and how he sees his place in Vancouver.
Vij says after years of success and expansion, he’s now in a place where he’s ready to dial it back, focus on perfecting his projects, and to start giving back to the community, partly through teaching.
“It’s our responsibility as people who have achieved something to give it to the next generation. Not just monetary wise, but sometimes an emotional conversation. Sometimes just make the people feel that ‘yes I can do it.’ Because success is not a pill. You can’t just put it in your mouth and then wake up the next morning and say I have success.”
A successful business man in is own right, he also touches on the city’s hot-topic du jour: real estate.
Vij says if regulated, foreign money in itself isn’t a bad thing, pumping new energy into a growing city. And he says fears of millennials being forced out are overblown.
“They’re leaving the cities because that’s life, it’s part of the fact that, then they’ll create their own small communities, whether it is in South Surrey, whether it is in Port Coquitlam. That’s how cities are created.”
Vij also touches on the experience of catering for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, serving his famous father… and that notorious “no reservations” policy that saw even Trudeau Sr. waiting for a table.
“For me, equality and respecting human beings is more important … When Pierre Elliot Trudeau came in and he waited, and he came in with Justin at the time, for me it was like ‘if he can wait like everybody else – and this is an extremely important politician of a great nation – if he can wait like everybody else, so ca everybody else.”