From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Charles Stovall
An advocate for simple, delicious recipes, Chef Jet Tila seems to be on a mission to break down the mystique of Asian and Pan-Asian cooking for the home cook and the foodie alike.
Most people know him from his many appearances as host, participant, guest, competitor or judge on some of the country’s most popular cable TV cooking shows. A favorite of the Food Network and Cooking Channel, Chef Jet brings a modern vibe to time-tested recipes, which he has honed from his family’s vaults AND his formative years spent in the midst of LA’s Thai Town, ChinaTown, KoreaTown and Little Tokyo.
A culinary ambassador for Thailand, Chef Jet’s family is credited with opening the first Thai grocery store and restaurant in the United States. Chef Jet has also been instrumental in creating multiple Asian and Pan-Asian restaurant concepts throughout the US. In his spare time, he’s authored two books – 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die and 101 Epic Dishes, which he wrote with his wife Ali.
We caught up with Chef Jet recently and he talked with us about his experiences at the Epcot Internation Food & Wine Festival and his family’s favorite things to do and eat at Walt Disney World Resort.
The 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from now to Nov 23, 2019. A culinary mashup of global cultures and gourmet innovation, the Festival brings irresistible bites, sips, entertainment and family fun to Walt Disney World Resort. This year’s Festival has a dozen more days, expanding the foodie celebration to a delicious 87 days.
Epcot guests can begin with the aromas and flavors of more than 30 festive global food and beverage destinations that extend from Future World to encircle the World Showcase promenade. Guests also can explore opportunities for special tastings and pairings, plus premium dining events featuring chef personalities.
Chef Jet will bring his foodie flair both to a Food & Beverage Pairing on Friday, Oct. 4 and Party for the Senses on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Party for the Senses
Delight in an unforgettable night at this specially ticketed soiree featuring global cuisine.
When it comes to an evening at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, there’s simply no better way to get the party started than with pleasing global cuisine and music from Femmes of Rock—courtesy of this special event!
Party for the Senses is held in the World Showplace Events Pavilion – between United Kingdom and Canada – on select Saturdays during the Festival. The gratuity is included but Epcot theme park admission is not.
Specialty Dining and Pairings
Take an enticing trek across countries and continents for intriguing cuisines. Prepare for pure epicurean excellence as our master chefs whip up delicious dishes true to the traditions of these inspirational nations—from France to Japan and beyond. Guests will be guided on a savory sojourn that connects them with the authentic tastes and beverages of each unique culture. Pairing events elevate the amazing flavors even further with complementary wine or craft beer that’s been specifically selected by the restaurant’s chef or house sommelier. Adventurous foodies will travel the globe bite after bite, sip after sip … without ever leaving the ground.
Specialty Dining and Pairings are held on select days throughout the festival. Prices vary and most do not include Epcot theme park admission.
For more information or to book reservations, please call (407) 939-3378. If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, you may book by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
For more information on the Festival, check out TasteEpcot.com and keep checking back to the Disney Parks Blog for more Festival updates!