The Charleston is a gastro-lounge featuring live entertainment and Chef Jet Tila’s take on American comfort food expressed in a menu of shared plates. Set in a lounge-style space with distinct 1930’s décor, the multifaceted venue features everything from nightly live entertainment such as jazz, rock, acoustic singer songwriters, and djs. A dynamic culinary scene spotlights pop-up restaurants with special menus from guest chefs and Chef Tila himself.
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Chef Jet Tila
Jet Tila is a nationally celebrated chef specializing in all styles of Asian cuisine. As a boy, he learned the ancient traditions of classical Asian food from spending time in his family’s restaurants and at the Bangkok Market, America’s first Thai Grocery Store and Importer in Hollywood. Tila’s Le Cordon Bleu education coupled with his extensive knowledge of Asian gastronomy has given him a wide range of ideas to draw upon to create incomparable and innovative cuisine.
From the very start of his career, Tila was flagged as a chef to watch and has since earned many noteworthy accolades. In 1999, Tila was awarded The Los Angeles Times “Best Recipe of the Year” for his Tom Yum soup, and his Tom Kha Gai soup was named one of the “Ten Best recipes of 2000.”
In 2008, Chef Tila unveiled his prized creation, the highly esteemed Pan-Asian restaurant Wazuzu at Steve Wynn’s Encore luxury resort in Las Vegas. Merely a few months after opening, Wazuzu was named on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List Tables.”
Shortly thereafter in 2009, Tila penned a popular weekly insider’s column for Las Vegas Weekly chronicling Season 6 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” series, which took place Las Vegas. In the spring of 2011, Tila collaborated with Chef Alex Ageneau on the creation of the popular Los Angeles pop-up restaurant BistroNominics, a whimsical, constantly evolving experience presenting a contemporary fine dining experience.
Chef Tila also has an active television career. His Drunken Noodles with Chicken was honored as “The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Chopsticks” by Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” series in 2011. When Travel Channel’s star culinary personality Anthony Bourdain profiled Los Angeles on the Emmy Award-winning “No Reservations” a few years back, Tila escorted him on a tour of Thai Town. But the highlight of Tila’s TV career to date was his appearance on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” last year, crossing knives with Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, in Kitchen Stadium for “Battle Seaweed.”
On local radio, Tila is a frequent guest with host Evan Kleiman on her “Good Food” program heard on National Public Radio’s KCRW-FM (the flagship affiliate for Southern California). Chef Tila also holds the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Stir-Fry” at 4,010 pounds.
His most recent project brought him back Los Angeles as the Executive Chef and Owner of LA’s newest nightlife hotspot, The Charleston, an unprecedented gastrolounge featuring nightly live entertainment and rotating pop-ups spotlighting special menus from guest chefs and Chef Tila himself.
Outside the kitchen, Tila spends his time at home in Los Angeles with his wife, Allison, and family dogs Rogue and Maude.