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Jet Tila

Chef, Restaurateur & Guest Judge On "Chopped"

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 Jet Tila Biography

From the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in the heart of Los Angeles to the Las Vegas Strip; from backyard cooking classes to battling legends on “Iron Chef America”—Jet Tila has carved a singular niche as a culinary storyteller. Thanks to his diverse background and education, Tila is as comfortable as chef and consultant as he is teacher and student in the art of food. His numerous accomplishments in the culinary world continue to grow. In 2013 alone, Tila partnered with the Compass Group, the world’s largest food-service company, to launch Modern Asian Kitchen, a fast-casual Pan-Asian concept with locations nationwide. He is also set to open Kuma Snow Cream, a shaved-ice concept launching in Las Vegas, all while continuing to build on his extensive national TV and radio appearances as a guest judge on “Chopped,” as well as hosting his own radio show on KLAA in Los Angeles.

Tila grew up in his family’s restaurant kitchens and markets in Los Angeles, home to the world’s largest Thai population outside of Thailand. As a boy, he spent time learning the ancient traditions of Asian cuisine from his Cantonese grandmother and working in the famed Bangkok Market, which opened in 1972, and Royal Thai restaurant, which opened in 1978. “I call it birth luck,” he says. “I was born into the ‘first family’ of Thai food in Los Angeles. My parents came here separately in 1966 and went on to open the first restaurants and grocery stores in this country and I was the kid doing homework in the back corner of the restaurant.”

Not initially sure if he would pursue a career in the kitchen, in his 20s, Tila says he “got it together” and decided to build a foundation for his passion and completed his culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu, establishing a framework of classical French technique to match his extensive knowledge of Asian cooking. He also completed an intensive study program at the California Sushi Academy. “My food is predominantly Thai and Chinese because it was the food I was exposed to growing up,” he notes. “And my cooking overall represents the neighborhood I grew up in LA: between Thai Town, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Little Tokyo.” Combining kitchen experience with the bold new world of food media was a natural move for Tila, whose backyard cooking classes attracted the attention of the Los Angeles Times.

He has successfully transitioned from subject to producer by writing for the Times and contributing to many other publications and multimedia platforms, including National Public Radio, the Food Network, and his appearances on the “CBS Early Show,” “No Reservations,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and battling legendary Chef Masaharu Morimoto on “Iron Chef America,” among many more. A highly sought-after consultant, Tila opened the cafe at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley and also maintains a wildly popular Asian food line through Schwan’s Home Service. He keeps close to his roots by conducting “Melting Pot Food Tours” of Thai Town in Los Angeles, offering participants a curated tour of his favorite aspects of the neighborhood. In 2009, Tila debuted the acclaimed Wazuzu, a brilliant take on Pan-Asian dining, at Steve Wynn’s Encore casino and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, which he was tapped to open in a record 98 days. More recently, he launched Bistronomics, an acclaimed series of pop-up restaurant experiences in Los Angeles. Tila has also set three world records: for creating the world’s largest stir fry (4,010 lbs.); the world’s largest seafood stew (6,656 lbs.); and the largest California roll (422 ft.).

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101 Epic Dishes: Recipes That Teach You How To Make The Classics Even More Delicious

101 Epic Dishes: Recipes That Teach You How To Make The Classics Even More Delicious

101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die: Discover A New World Of Flavors In Authentic Recipes

101 Asian Dishes You Need To Cook Before You Die: Discover A New World Of Flavors In Authentic Recipes

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Jet Tila?

    Booking fees for Jet Tila, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jet Tila, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jet Tila?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jet Tila for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jet Tila for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

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Jet Tila

Chef, Restaurateur & Guest Judge On "Chopped"

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Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Virtual Event: $10,000 - $20,000

Jet Tila Biography

From the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Normandie Avenue in the heart of Los Angeles to the Las Vegas Strip; from backyard cooking classes to battling legends on “Iron Chef America”—Jet Tila has carved a singular niche as a culinary storyteller. Thanks to his diverse background and education, Tila is as comfortable as chef and consultant as he is teacher and student in the art of food. His numerous accomplishments in the culinary world continue to grow. In 2013 alone, Tila partnered with the Compass Group, the world’s largest food-service company, to launch Modern Asian Kitchen, a fast-casual Pan-Asian concept with locations nationwide. He is also set to open Kuma Snow Cream, a shaved-ice concept launching in Las Vegas, all while continuing to build on his extensive national TV and radio appearances as a guest judge on “Chopped,” as well as hosting his own radio show on KLAA in Los Angeles.

Tila grew up in his family’s restaurant kitchens and markets in Los Angeles, home to the world’s largest Thai population outside of Thailand. As a boy, he spent time learning the ancient traditions of Asian cuisine from his Cantonese grandmother and working in the famed Bangkok Market, which opened in 1972, and Royal Thai restaurant, which opened in 1978. “I call it birth luck,” he says. “I was born into the ‘first family’ of Thai food in Los Angeles. My parents came here separately in 1966 and went on to open the first restaurants and grocery stores in this country and I was the kid doing homework in the back corner of the restaurant.”

Not initially sure if he would pursue a career in the kitchen, in his 20s, Tila says he “got it together” and decided to build a foundation for his passion and completed his culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu, establishing a framework of classical French technique to match his extensive knowledge of Asian cooking. He also completed an intensive study program at the California Sushi Academy. “My food is predominantly Thai and Chinese because it was the food I was exposed to growing up,” he notes. “And my cooking overall represents the neighborhood I grew up in LA: between Thai Town, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Little Tokyo.” Combining kitchen experience with the bold new world of food media was a natural move for Tila, whose backyard cooking classes attracted the attention of the Los Angeles Times.

He has successfully transitioned from subject to producer by writing for the Times and contributing to many other publications and multimedia platforms, including National Public Radio, the Food Network, and his appearances on the “CBS Early Show,” “No Reservations,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” and battling legendary Chef Masaharu Morimoto on “Iron Chef America,” among many more. A highly sought-after consultant, Tila opened the cafe at Google headquarters in Silicon Valley and also maintains a wildly popular Asian food line through Schwan’s Home Service. He keeps close to his roots by conducting “Melting Pot Food Tours” of Thai Town in Los Angeles, offering participants a curated tour of his favorite aspects of the neighborhood. In 2009, Tila debuted the acclaimed Wazuzu, a brilliant take on Pan-Asian dining, at Steve Wynn’s Encore casino and resort on the Las Vegas Strip, which he was tapped to open in a record 98 days. More recently, he launched Bistronomics, an acclaimed series of pop-up restaurant experiences in Los Angeles. Tila has also set three world records: for creating the world’s largest stir fry (4,010 lbs.); the world’s largest seafood stew (6,656 lbs.); and the largest California roll (422 ft.).

Jet Tila Videos

  • Thai chef Jet Tila on keeping his family legacy alive through food
    Jet Tila, known for his appearances on "Iron Chef" and "Chopped," is also famous in Los Angeles for his family's Thai grocery store, believed to be...
  • How to Make Pad Thai with Jet Tila | Ready, Jet, Cook
    The most-famous Thai dish in America!
  • Celebrity Chef Jet Tila Serves Up 'Low-Maintenance Lo Mein'
    Get ready to chow down! Celebrity chef Jet Tila heated up the kitchen on "Access Daily" to serve up "low-maintenance Lo mein" for hosts Kit Hoover,...

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  • How to book Jet Tila?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jet Tila for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jet Tila, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jet Tila or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jet Tila?

    Booking fees for Jet Tila, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jet Tila, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jet Tila?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jet Tila for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jet Tila for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jet Tila or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jet Tila or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jet Tila is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jet Tila for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Jet Tila generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Elizabeth Karmel, Art Smith, Darren McGrady, Mary Nolan and Melissa Clark. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jet Tila for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jet Tila Speaker Videos

  • Thai chef Jet Tila on keeping his family legacy alive through food
    Jet Tila, known for his appearances on "Iron Chef" and "Chopped," is also famous in Los Angeles for his family's Thai grocery store, believed to be the first in the U.S. "CBS This Morning: Saturday"...
    How to Make Pad Thai with Jet Tila | Ready, Jet, Cook
    The most-famous Thai dish in America!
  • Celebrity Chef Jet Tila Serves Up 'Low-Maintenance Lo Mein'
    Get ready to chow down! Celebrity chef Jet Tila heated up the kitchen on "Access Daily" to serve up "low-maintenance Lo mein" for hosts Kit Hoover, Mario Lopez and Scott Evans — in just three...

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