Chef Tyler Florence graduated from the prestigious culinary program at Johnson and Wales University, and moved to New York where he honed his skills under the tutelage of premier chefs like Charlie Palmer, Marta Pulini and Rick Laakonen, ultimately becoming executive chef at Cafeteria.
Tyler is a veteran star of the Food Network. He has starred in such series as How to Boil Water, Food 911 and Tyler's Ultimate, as well as The Great Food Truck Race, Food Court Wars, America’s Best Cook and Worst Cook in America.
In 2010, Tyler opened his San Francisco restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, and in March 2011 he opened the historic El Paseo Restaurant in Mill Valley, followed by Tyler Florence Fresh located at San Francisco International Airport. He was awarded “Restaurateur of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2011 & has consistently earned three star reviews from San Francisco restaurant critic, Michael Bauer. In February 2014 and again in February 2015, he was nominated for a James Beard award in the category of Best Chef, West.
He is the author of multiple top-selling cookbooks – most recently: Tyler Makes A Birthday Cake (Harper Collins) and Tyler Florence Fresh (Clarkson Potter). His 12th cookbook, Tyler Florence, Inside the Test Kitchen, 120 New Recipes Perfected (Random House) was released in November 2014.
Tyler has an organic baby food company called Sprout, and has his own Tyler Florence wine label. His Blending Sessions wines will be available for sale in the fall of 2015. In 2014, Tyler’s company, The Florence Group, began a joint venture with Williams-Sonoma that leverages mutual brand strategies to bring innovation concepts and products to the market place. Also in 2014, he began a partnership with a company called Bitty Foods that is developing baked goods using cricket flour, the most sustainable form of protein on the plant.
Currently, Tyler has plans under way for the much-anticipated opening of The Tyler Florence Test Kitchen, his culinary laboratory, think tank, and event space.
Tyler lives in No. California with his wife Tolan and their three children – Miles, Hayden, and Dorothy.