THE SO CAL RESTAURANT SHOW
with Jet Tila
SATURDAYS 10:00 AM - NOON
About the “SoCal Restaurant Show”
“The SoCal Restaurant Show,” the ultimate locals’ guide to food and restaurants, can be heard on AM 830 KLAA each Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. It’s hosted by nationally prominent celebrity chef, Jet Tila. This live, fast-moving, 2-hour, interactive show sharing Jet’s vast global food knowledge is presented with a light and humorous edge. Substantive interviews with top celebrity chefs and entertaining culinary personalities are part of the weekly fun.
The program, launched October 6, 2012, showcases as guests the true luminaries of the culinary word and the listener really gets to know the featured personalities. The “SoCal Restaurant Show” is proud to have already welcomed celebrated national personalities including Graham Elliot, Thomas Keller, Marcus Samuelsson, and Andrew Zimmern. Fascinating local personalities of note are also part of the program mix.
About Host Jet Tila
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 has partnered with the Compass Group, the world’s largest food-service company, to launch Modern Asian Kitchen, a new fast-casual Pan-Asian concept with locations nationwide. On his own this summer he debuted Kuma Snow Cream, a shaved-ice concept located in Las Vegas’ Chinatown. He accomplished all of this 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 AM 830 KLAA in Southern California.
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.”
Chef Jet 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 recognition of his outstanding support to the Thai community The Royal Thai Government appointed him the official Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine to the United States in 2013.
In 2008, Jet unveiled his creation, the spectacular Pan-Asian restaurant Wazuzuat Steve Wynn’s Encore luxury resortin Las Vegas and the accolades rolled right in. Jet was on the multi-million dollar project some six months before opening and designed the kitchen in addition to hiring the staff and creating the menu. (He departed Wazuzu in early 2012 to return to Los Angeles.)
The highlight of Jet’s active television career to date was his appearance on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” crossing knives with the winningest Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto, in “Battle Seaweed.” Morimoto’s “cuisine reigned supreme” in a very tight competition !
Look for Jet as a frequent celebrity chef judge on Alton Brown’s new “Cutthroat Kitchen” hosted by Alton Brown on Food Network and as an elite level chef on NBC’s prime time competition series, “Food Fighters,” hosted by Travel Channel’s Adam Richman.
Tila has also set four certified Guinness World Records: for creating the world’s largest fresh fruit salad (15,291 lbs.); world's largest stir fry (4,010 lbs.); the world's largest seafood stew (6,656 lbs.); and the largest California roll (422 feet.)
When not cooking, Jet spends his time at home in Los Angeles with his wife, Allison, daughter, Amaya, and canine faithfuls Rogue and Molly.
About Producer Andrew Harris
The show runner for “The SoCal Restaurant Show” is veteran specialty radio show producer Andrew Harris who is also an accredited food, wine & travel journalist.