What happens when 2 top Indian chefs combine forces?

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Chef Vikram Vij flew in from Vancouver to create a collaborative dinner with Miheer Shete, Chef de Cuisine at Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants

Toronto, February 5 (CINEWS): Last Saturday celebrated Vancouver-based chef Vikram Vij flew into the city to create a collaborative dinner with Miheer Shete Chef de Cuisine at Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, together they melded traditional Indian cuisine with a twist of Canadiana and voila it was an experience for the five senses.
Part of the Winterlicious Culinary Festival, Four Hands Dinner with Chefs Vikram Vij and Miheer Shete at the Arcadian Loft, Bay Street was a sold-out event. One hundred and sixty discerning connoisseurs of fine cuisine sampled some unique creations from the two gifted chefs. They listened intently as the two chefs spoke passionately about their inventive cuisine, they watched closely as these culinary alchemists transformed raw ingredients and spices into ambrosial delights.
In an exclusive interview with Can-India, Chef Vikram Vij said it was an amazing experience and the collaborative effort created some really unique dishes. “ One of the highlights was the Idli made to look like the tricolored Indian flag. The food was totally different,” he said.
How different? The canapes included options like Elk & Foie Gras Samosas. Dinner featured Idli Terrine, Gunpowder Butter & Sprouted Green Moong Salad and dessert had Gulab Jamun Donut Maple Screech & Lemon Sour Cream Ice Cream.
Miheer Shete now fast emerging as one of the finest chefs in the country waxed eloquent about this event, stating for the record that it was an experience he’d savor for a long time. “Vikram and I went all out to showcase the next level of Indian food. There was no compromise on the spices and techniques that combined both modern and traditional. I had a certain vision which I presented that night,” he said in an interview with this newspaper.
Rumor has it that Vikram Vij who runs the Vij’s the acclaimed Indian restaurant in Vancouver along with other eateries is likely to open a branch right here in Toronto, arguably among the top culinary paradises in North America. Although there is no official announcement about its opening, there is strong speculation that it could well open this year. Vikram Vij has roped in Oliver & Bonacini as his Toronto partners. No one is denying the partnership or the plan for a restaurant which could well be the best go-to place for fine Indian food in the city. We will keep you posted.

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