Tyler Florence may be a hot item on the New York culinary scene, but he’s a Southern gentleman at heart. His love of cooking and appreciation of fresh ingredients are rooted in his parents’ South Carolina garden and kitchen. Planning the evening meal around the day’s bounty was the start of this young chef’s career, filling him with deep respect for his Southern culinary heritage.
In 1991, Tyler graduated from Johnson & Wales University at Charleston, S.C., and continued his studies with a second degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. While in college he honed his taste for grits and cornbread with some of the great Southern chefs, including Louis Osteen of Louis’s Charleston Grill, James Burns of Anson and Donald Barickmanof Magnolia‘s.
With stars in his eyes and a stack of Art Culinaire magazines under his arm, Tyler moved to New York City in 1992 to sharpen his skills with the city’s top chefs. After extended stints with Charlie Palmerat Aureole, Marta Pulini at Mad 61 and Rick Laakonen at the River Café, he was ready for his own stage.
In 1995, Tyler earned the Executive Chef’s position at Cibo, where his contemporary American cuisine received praise from numerous New York City publications including Where, Crain’s New York Business, The New York Times, New York Magazine and Time Out New York.In 1998, Tyler opened the much-anticipated Cafeteria in Manhattan as Executive Chef. The same year, the Chelsea-based restaurant received a nomination for “Best New Restaurant” in Time Out New York.
Tyler’s television career began in 1996. He has since logged more than 40 guest appearances on Food Network shows such as ‘Ready, Set, Cook!’, ‘Chef du Jour’, ‘Gordon Elliott’s Door Knock Dinners’ and ‘In Food Today’. He’s also appeared on New York One News and Fox Five’s Good Day New York.
Recently, he has travelled around the country on rescue missions as host of ‘Food Network’s‘Food 911‘. Whether responding to viewers’ fallen soufflés, chaotic kitchens or overcooked vegetables, Tyler Florence is the remedy for any brand of kitchen chaos.
Today, Tyler is hosting ‘Planet Food’ and has given us the pleasure of his extensive culinary knowledge in Mexico and Emilia-Romagna & Tuscany (Central Italy).