About Chef Jet Tila
Born into the ‘first family’ of Thai food in Los Angeles, Jet Tila’s culinary rise was practically written in the stars. Mind you, his path wasn’t exactly linear. Detours included textbook teenage rebellion and dreams of joining the police force, but when push came to shove in his late 20s, he couldn’t deny the richness of his Thai-Chinese upbringings—his birth luck.
So how did it all begin? Chef Jet grew up a restaurant and grocery store kid in East Hollywood. America’s first-ever Thai market (opened by his parents in 1972) was his playground, and his YaYa (aka grandmother) would become his first cooking instructor. She taught him the fundamentals of Chinese food that would endure.