Show 25, April 13, 2013: Luciano Pellegrini, Executive Chef/Partner of Valentino Las Vegas in The Venetian

Luciano Pellegrini of Valentino Las VegasLuciano has been the guiding force behind Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino Las Vegas since it opened 14 years ago. He relocated from Los Angeles and has very visibly been at the helm ever since.

He’s one of the few James Beard award-winning chefs who actually cooks in a Las Vegas restaurant full-time and lives there!

Unfortunately we missed connecting with Chef Luciano and hope to talk with him at another time. The Valentino news is that the restaurant will be closing at The Venetian with the hope it will soon be transplanted to a new location.

The better news is that Chef Luciano and his fine staff will be serving guests until the end of June if not longer. Enjoy the original Valentino Las Vegas experience while you can. When it comes to elegant Italian fine-dining with exemplary service and a superb wine program you really can’t do better!

Andrew Zimmern and Jet Tila on Appetite for LifeTravel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern is a fan of Chef Jet’s food and has been wanting to cook with him on TV for some time. It finally happened on February 17th when Andrew visited Jet at The Charleston in Santa Monica for their Sunday Jazz Brunch. Jet demonstrated two dishes for Andrew Zimmern for a new Web series Andrew has on MSN. The series goes by the name “Appetite for Life”.

If you go to the Web site, you’ll see a big window on the Home page with color photo links to the Season 5 episodes. If you tab through the 16 episodes presented there (right and left) Jet is Number 5. The webisode itself is titled “A World of Culinary Wisdom”.



Show 7: November 24, 2012: Eddie Lin Part Two

Eddie Lin of Deep End DiningEddie’s latest creation for YouTube is the wild, “Kamikaze Kitchen.” It’s a tough chef’s challenge (with no fakery) were an unsuspecting chef is given a mystery ingredient in a bag and then creates the required dish in real time as the cameras follow the action. Chefs Ben Ford, Brendan Collins, and Jet Tila have been willing victims thus far. Chef Jet’s ingredient was fresh alligator head. Jet whipped up gator & waffles as a riff on his signature brunch dish at The Charleston which is chicken & waffles.

Eddie is now contributing a couple of times per week with reviews for the Digest blog at Los Angeles Magazine.


Just Desserts

Vanilla Bread PuddingJet Tila’s famous Vanilla Bread Pudding as served at The Charleston will be one of the treats available at “Getting Our Just Desserts” to benefit C-CAP on November 17th.

What is Getting Our Just Desserts? To raise funds for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) LA, a pioneer and national non-profit leader in providing culinary career opportunities and scholarships to at-risk high school students.  C-CAP manages the largest independent culinary scholarship program in the United States.  C-CAP was founded in 1990 by Richard Grausman, renowned cookbook author, culinary educator and recipient of the President’s Service Award and the James Beard Award for Humanitarian Service.  Since inception, students have been awarded $37 million in scholarships, and classrooms have received donations of $2.8 million worth of supplies and equipment.  Many C-CAP alumni, now graduates of top culinary colleges, are working in leading restaurants and hotels throughout the country.

Getting Our Just Desserts will take place at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, 2900 31st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035

Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets