Coming to town next week is something pretty spiffy – Los Angeles Chef Jet Tila will be in town on September 23rd to perform in a Celebrity Chef event that includes a cooking demonstration and benefit dinner for the Westminster-Canterbury Foundation. This of course will be in Virginia Beach at Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay off Shore Drive.
The Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Tila has been in working in the industry for over 20 years and is famous for Thai and Chinese cooking (especially his Drunken Noodles.) Being part Thai and Cantonese he grew up with the two distinct cooking styles and spent a lot of time in his family’s well-known, Los Angeles based restaurant Royal Thai. After committing himself to his work he’s been involved in countless projects around the country and has appeared on several television shows such Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped. He was a contender on Iron Chef going head-to-head with Chef Morimoto – Tila didn’t win but he only lost by two points! He also appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, giving Bourdain a tour of Thai Town in L.A.
As a testament to the quality and care put into telling the story of his heritage through food, he was named Culinary Ambassador of Thai Cuisine by the Royal Thai Consul-General in Los Angeles. Fun facts – he has set three world records for 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.).
The dinner even at Westminster-Canterbury will be made up of a cooking demonstration by Chef Tila then a 3-course meal consisting of the following:
- Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
- Satay Lamb Chops with Peanut Sauce
- Roasted Salmon with Mango Slaw and Ancient Grains
- Dessert Course: Poached Asian Pear over Almond Cake with Franzipan cookie, toasted almonds, Japanese pinwheel
General admission tickets ($100) include the demonstration and dinner, while the VIP tickets ($150) allow you to attend an early Cocktail Reception an hour before the dinner. Sponser Tables ($1,750) can be purchased too, the table will get you 8 VIP Cocktail Reception RSVPs. In addition to early entrance, VIP guests will get to meet Chef Tila during the Cocktail Reception and will receive the following: personalized autographed photo, apron and Cutthroat Kitchen wooden cutting board.
It should be a great time and I’m really looking forward to trying that food. Hope to see you there!