Show 32, June 22, 2013: Brady Lowe, creator of the Cochon 555 National Tour

Brady Lowe of Cochon 555On May 5th at House of Blues in West Hollywood Chef Jet was one of five chefs chosen to compete in the 5th anniversary tour stop in L.A. as part of the ten city national competition of Cochon 555. Each accomplished chef needed to create at least three standout dishes using representative parts of a whole heritage pig. Each chef also prepared 400 tasting portions for the guests. In a spirited competition Ray Garcia of Fig in Santa Monica was the top porker for Los Angeles.

The finals, The Grand Cochon competition, was part of the Sunday closing events at the Aspen Food & Wine Festival on June 9th. The 10 regional winners were pitted against each other and a Prince or Princess of Pork was crowned.

More Cochon events are scheduled for the balance of the year. Look for Cochon Island in Hawaii in September and the All-Star Cochon in Downtown Las Vegas on October 20th

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June 22: Sotto, Cochon 555, Tal Ronnen

Podcasts

Segment One: On the Road with Chef Jet and Producer Andy
Segment Two: Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of Sotto in Los Angeles Part One
Segment Three: Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of Sotto in Los Angeles Part Two
Segment Four: Brady Lowe, creator of the Cochon 555 National Tour
Segment Five: Chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads in West Hollywood Part One
Segment Six: Chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads in West Hollywood Part Two

Chef jet Tila and Alton BrownThis past week Chef Jet has been part of an influential food conference along with a number of standout food luminaries at UMass Amherst in Massachusetts. Jet will give us some of the highlights.

Producer Andy will preview one of the biggest ethnic food festivals happening this weekend in Orange County.

We’ll also answer some e-mail inquiries.

Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of SottoSotto on Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles just East of Century City is the dream restaurant of American chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack who are both obsessed (in the best possible way) with all things Italy. Samson is the skilled executive chef and Pollack is the gifted pizzaiolo, and the food represents the fare of Southern Italy.

Steve Samson is known to Angelenos as one of the respected executive chefs in the rich history of Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino in Santa Monica. In early 2009 Samson and Pollack created the well-received Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa’s performing arts district near South Coast Plaza for David Myers.

Brady Lowe of Cochon 555We’ve been following the Cochon 555 national tour since their stop in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 5th at House of Blues in West Hollywood. Our own Chef Jet Tila headed one of the five competing teams creating dishes from a whole heritage pig. Each culinary team provided tastes for the 400 attendees who were then part of the final judging.

The ten regional winners met at the Aspen Food & Wine Festival last Sunday for the final showdown, The Grand Cochon. Among the finalists was Chef Ray Garcia of Fig in Santa Monica, the supreme porker from the Los Angeles competition.

Cochon founder, Brady Lowe, based in Atlanta, joins us with the final report of this year’s results.

Tal Ronnen of Crossroads KitchenTal Ronnen is the go-to vegan chef cooking in the United States. He opened his first Los Angeles area restaurant, Crossroads, back in March. It’s at the corner of Melrose and Sweetzer Avenue in West Hollywood. The food is fine-dining vegan with Mediterranean-style small plates in a highly designed space.

“I just can’t do the throw some vegetables and a starch on a plate thing,” Ronen once said in a Los Angeles Times profile. “That’s the problem with most vegan dishes. It’s a Portobello mushroom cap, or pasta primavera, and when you’re finished with dinner you have to hit the drive-through. You have to give people something that will satisfy them”

Chef Ronnen also contributed to the original menu for LYFE Kitchen which launched earlier in the year in Culver City.

His reputation is such that in early 2011 when very particular casino resort mogul Steve Wynn wanted to add vegan dishes to all of his acclaimed restaurants at both Wynn Las Vegas and Encore the plum assignment went to Chef Ronnen.

Podcasts

Segment One: On the Road with Chef Jet and Producer Andy
Segment Two: Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of Sotto in Los Angeles Part One
Segment Three: Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack of Sotto in Los Angeles Part Two
Segment Four: Brady Lowe, creator of the Cochon 555 National Tour
Segment Five: Chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads in West Hollywood Part One
Segment Six: Chef Tal Ronnen of Crossroads in West Hollywood Part Two

Show 28, May 11, 2013: Chef Jet Tila

Chef Jet Tila host of the SoCal Restaurant ShowCongrats to our own Jet Tila. On Friday at a special ceremony and luncheon at Los Angeles City Hall Jet was presented with the “L.A. Dreamers Award” by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Right afterwards he headed to the KCAL 9 studios on the CBS Lot in Studio City to do a live cooking demo of his signature Thai green papaya salad for the afternoon news!

Last Sunday working with the culinary team at Cook’s County, Jet (with some help in the booth from the team at Melissa’s) competed in the prestigious L.A. tour stop of Cochon 555 at House of Blues in West Hollywood. He used an entire heritage Berskshire pig from Cook Pigs Ranch to prepare 5 spectacular dishes for the judges and the 400 attendees to savor, taste, and judge.

In a tight finish Chef Ray Garcia of FIG Restaurant at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica came out on top. In June he heads to Aspen, Colorado and the Aspen Food & Wine Classic to battle in the finals on June 16th!

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