CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Lunar New Year, known to many as the Chinese New Year, is fast approaching.
Oregon State University is celebrating with food. To help make the meal just a little more special they brought in celebrity chef Jet Tila.
Chef Jet Tila has made several appearances on Food Network shows like Chopped, and he's worked with big names like Anthony Bourdain. However, all they had to do to get this high caliber chef to Corvallis was ask.
"It's nice to be the token Chinese Asian guy, and fly around the country and talk about Asian food," says Chef Tila, "But no, seriously, this is the biggest ... I wouldn't say holiday, but biggest day of remembrance for all Chinese people around the world. The Lunar New Year is a way for me to teach people about Asian Cuisine, and food is the most non political/confrontational way to teach people about culture."
And for this chef, whether it is Corvallis or anywhere, being able to use his celebrity status to share culture through cuisine is the ultimate.
"It's amazing that people would want to come out and say hello," Says Chef Tila. "And if celebrity is helping educate people then that is one of the best things celebrity can do for anyone."