Vikram Vij’s parents had two goals for their son when they immigrated to Canada: buy him a restaurant, and get him a wife. Both were achieved – and today, Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru clearly have a marriage made in culinary heaven. They have transformed “Vij’s” Restaurant into a Vancouver landmark – a far cry from its 14-seat opening in 1994 when Vikram’s parents helped out by transporting prepared dishes on the local bus. For their collaboration “Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine”, Vikram and Meeru won Best Cookbook at the Canadian Culinary Awards. Their modern take on traditional Indian cuisine has impressed both gourmands and newcomers to Indian food.