Jae Kim wants to cook up a deal for Chi Lantro, his food truck/restaurant business featuring Korean barbecue, in Shark Tank episode 809. Kim started the business in 2010 with one food truck and a dream. Since then, he's opened 4 brick and mortar restaurants and has multiple trucks for his growing catering business.
The name Chi Lantro is a mix of the words KimCHI and CiLANTRO. He fuses Korean Barbecue and Mexican cuisine in the greater Austin, Texas area and his signature Kimchi fries have legions of raving fans. The fusion of traditional Mexican foods, like tacos, with Korean cuisine began in California in the mid 2000's. Kim brought the concept to Texas and found great success.
Apparently, Kim tried out three times before getting selected to appear on Shark Tank. He's no stranger to reality TV though, he appeared on the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race in 2010 – the same year he started the business. The Sharks will like that Kim kept growing as he continued trying out for the show.
Will a Shark want to roll with this food truck?
Chi Lantro Shark Tank Recap
Jae will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Grenier, and Chris Sacca that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Chi Lantro will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Chi Lantro Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Chi Lantro and Jae Kim as more details become available.