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Neal Brothers Partner with Vikram and Chuck

Vij's Delhi-licious Chips

We love kettle chips, so this spring when Neal Brothers announced a partnership with two of our favourite chefs and brought us two new flavours , we were of course eager to get our hands on a bag or two. These chips feature Vancouver chef Vikram Vij and Montreal chef Chuck Hughes for these new varieties.

Chef Vij contributed a masala spice recipe and his chip is called Vij’s Delhi-Licious, and Hughes celebrated his love of Sriracha with the Srirachup chips.

The chips are great for the holidays. Both are chock full of flavour and a there’s a little more than just a kick of spice. We are also big fans of the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt for dipping and the salt and vinegar version as well.

These chips are addictive, so you’ll want to buy more than just a few bags or you’ll likely eat them all before your guests arrive.

The range contains no preservatives or artificial flavours and is priced at $2.89/142 gram bag.

Top Chef Canada Finale to Feature Vikram Vij

Award-Winning Chef Will Be Seen on Monday’s Final Show
As if being in the finale of Top Chef Canada wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, the three finalists in this year’s competition will face a tough surprise guest judge when the show airs on the Food Network on Monday June 4th at 10pm – world-renowned Vancouver-based Indian chef Vikram Vij.

“I am honoured to be asked to participate as a judge once again this year on Top Chef Canada,” says Vij, whose restaurant Vij’s was recently named the Best Restaurant in Canada in a north American poll by travel website vacay.ca. He was a guest judge on the very first season of Top Chef Canada.

Two of the remaining three chefs in the competition have strong links to BC; Trevor Bird, originally from Montreal, has just opened a restaurant in Kitsilano with fellow Top Chef contestant Curtis Luk and Carl Heinrich from Sooke on Vancouver Island, who used to work with Dale MacKay, last year’s Top Chef Canada winner, at dbBistro in Vancouver.

So what will it take to win this years coveted title? Vij says there is a lot of talent on display: “It’s great to see so many aspiring chefs utilizing fresh, local ingredients in unique and interesting ways on the show. There is so much talent in the culinary community in Canada and I am so pleased to be involved in a program that showcases that talent so well.”

Top Chef Canada’s season finale airs this Monday, June 4th at 10pm ET/PT.

Vikram Vij was born in India and grew up in Amritsar and Bombay.  His most vivid childhood memories revolve around food and family and he pursued this further when he moved to Europe and later when he came to live in Canada.

He opened the first 14-seat Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver in 1994 and, later that same year, married Meeru Dhalwala who would later take over managing the kitchens of both Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants.

Vij has published two award-winning cookbooks with Dhalwala – Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey.
As well as his appearance as a judge on the first season of Top Chef Canada, he is a regular guest on many TV shows across the country.

Celebrity Chefs of Canada

March 25, 2012 – Launched by NAC Chef Michael Blackie in 2011, Celebrity Chefs of Canada is an exciting partnership between Ottawa’s talented local chefs and the national superstars changing Canada’s culinary landscape. All of them will converge on the National Arts Centre stage on March 25 for an unforgettable gastronomic experience!

2 Great Value Packages to choose from!

Live Demo + Tasting Reception Package: $135*
12:00 noon – 7:00pm
(Enjoy the live cooking demos followed by a fabulous food and wine tasting reception)


Tasting Reception + After-Party Package: $85.00*
6:30pm – 11:00pm
( Savour spectacular food and wine at the tasting reception followed by an after-party with the chefs!)

*Plus tax and gratuity

Live Cooking Demos
Studio 12:00 noon – 5:00pm 

Celebrity Chefs of Canada 2012 kicks off with an afternoon of entertaining and educational cooking demonstrations in the NAC Studio. The Chefs will be paired up in teams of two consisting of one visiting Chef and one local Chef. Each team will have 30 minutes on stage to demonstrate a unique dish they have collaborated on and to talk about their culinary philosophies.

Food and Wine Tasting Reception
Main Foyer 

The evening portion will consist of a chic food and wine tasting reception staged throughout the National Arts Centre’s elegant lobby areas. Guests will have the opportunity to sample the one-of-a-kind dishes created by each Chef team. Dishes will be served with a wine pairing.

Private After-Party with the Chefs
Panorama Room 

The fun continues with an exclusive after-party where guests can mingle with the Chefs while indulging in a late night dessert buffet and bubbles as our DJ spins the hottest beats.

Hosting Local Chefs

Michael Blackie, National Arts Centre
Matthew Carmichael, Restaurant 18
Jonathan Korecki, Side Door
Marc Lepine, Atelier
Patricia Larkin, Black Cat Bistro
Clifford Lyness, Brookstreet
Cesare Santaguida, Vittoria Trattoria
Jason Duffy, ARC Lounge

Visiting Chefs Confirmed to date:

Susur Lee
LEE, Toronto

Vikram Vij
Vij’s, Vancouver

Jason Bangerter
LUMA, Toronto

Patrick McMurray
Star Fish, Toronto

Quang Dang
West Restaurant, Vancouver

Ned Bell
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

Jason Parsons
Peller Estates, Niagara

Lynn Crawford
Ruby Watchco, Toronto

Jeremy Charles
Raymond’s Restaurant, St. John’s