ICA: Morimoto vs. Tila
Challenging Chef Jet Tila holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Stir Fry. Will he throw Iron Chef Morimoto into the blazing wok, or will he be tossed to the flames?
Chef Jet Tila is extremely well respected throughout the world. That’s probably an understatement. Chef Jet’s Vegas restaurant Wazuzu is one of the top draws in Sin City and his prowess has seen him make guest appearances on Top Chef, The Best Of, Food Finds, The Secret Life Of, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Take Home Chef, Smart Solutions, Weekend Entertaining and more.
Here’s a piece of his bio from his web site:
Learning family traditions from his Cantonese grandmother further piqued his interest and in his early teens, Jet was making appetizers at his family’s restaurants. At 22, he was teaching cooking classes in his backyard – a phenomenon that caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times. Jet’s Le Cordon Bleu education coupled with his extensive knowledge of Asian gastronomy has given him a wide range of ideas to draw upon and a broad framework to create incomparable and innovative cuisine. In culinary school, Jet began to develop his style by seeking novel and inventive approaches to Eastern ingredients using classical French technique. Jet has also completed an intensive study program at the California Sushi Academy. Jet has written two cover stories and several articles for the Food section of the Los Angeles Times and has been featured in Los Angeles magazine.
I have yet to enjoy the flavors of Iron Chef Morimoto but I have been lucky enough to try Chef Jet’s food. It is tremendously light and fresh with spices that perfectly toe the line between flavorful and delicate. I would have killed a drifter to have been a judge on Battle: Seaweed. But I wasn’t; Stefan Gates, Julie White and Michael Fernandez were.
Check below for the outcome.
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Taste: 27 Taste: 26
Plating: 14 Plating: 12
Originality: 14 Originality: 13
Total: 55 Total: 51