KALAMAZOO, MI - The students at Linden Grove Middle School should not have to worry about whether there's something interesting on the menu for lunch at school today.
Nationally recognized Chef Jet Tila was expected to do the cooking on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Tila, who has appeared on Iron Chef America, Chopped and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, is to appear for the lunch periods at Linden Grove to cook creative Asian dishes for students, families and teachers to sample.
Kalamazoo Public Schools and Chartwells K12 Dining Services were to host the celebrity chef for a "Modern Asian" menu event during school lunch periods. During an interactive cooking demo, he is expected to create some of his original dishes and recipes that are served on the school lunch menu.
Tila created the Modern Asian Kitchen food concept for Chartwells to showcase his ability "to bring flavors together to create cutting-edge Asian dishes for students and customers of all ages," according to information provided by KPS.
The event was to be open to all students and feature the chef's kindergarten through grade 12 dishes and school cafe specific recipes.
Students were expected to be able to take home recipes after meeting and greeting Tila.
KPS and Chartwells partner to provide nutritious meals to more than 13,000 students each day of the school year.
Jet Tila is recognized throughout the United States for his culinary expertise in modern Asian cuisine. He grew up in the Thai Town area of Los Angeles and learned to cook classic Thai and Asian cuisine from his Cantonese grandmother.
He worked at his family's Bangkok Market, which opened in 1972 and is considered the first Thai Market to open in the U.S., as well as the Royal Thai restaurant.
He was further educated in classic French cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu and completed an intensive study program at the California Sushi Academy.
Tila has made recurring celebrity chef appearances on various Food Network TV shows, including Cutthroat Kitchen, Guy's Grocery Games, Iron Chef America, Chopped, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, as well as CNN's Parts Unknown.