Chef Tyler Florence graduated from the prestigious culinary program at Johnson and Wales University, and immediately moved to New York where he honed his skills under the tutelage of premier chefs like Charlie Palmer at Aureole, Marta Pulini at Mad 61 and Rick Laakonen, ultimately moving on to become executive chef at Cafeteria.
The buzz about the charismatic young chef’s food picked up steam and a fresh television network took notice; the rest is history. After 15 -plus years as a Food Network star, he has starred in such series as How to Boil Water, a cooking show for novices; Food 911, his hugely popular “recipe rescue” show; his signature series, Tyler’s Ultimate as well as The Great Food Truck Race. Florence has also hosted numerous other Food Network shows and specials, including Planet Food, All American Festivals and My Country, My Kitchen. He is a regular guest on the TODAY Show, CNN, The View, The Tonight Show, Oprah, Access Hollywood, Extra, Good Morning America, among others. Tyler is currently a contributing editor at House Beautiful Magazine, and designed their Kitchen of the Year at Rockefeller Center in 2011.
In July of 2008, Tyler opened his first kitchen retail shop, The Tyler Florence Shop, in Mill Valley, California with two other locations – San Francisco International Airport and in downtown Napa.
In June 2010 – Tyler opened his restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, in San Francisco’s Financial District followed by Rotisserie & Wine in downtown Napa with an outpost at San Francisco International Airport before moving on to open the historic El Paseo in Mill Valley, March 2011. Tyler was awarded the “Restauranteur of the Year” award by Wine Enthusiast Magazine for the year 2011. He also has his own line of wines made in the Napa Valley with the Michael Mondavi Family. Tyler’s first wine TF Zin received a 92 point rating by Wine Spectator Magazine. In addition, Tyler has a line of gourmet food products that include California Sea Salt, spices, rubs, marinades and simmer sauces and an organic baby food company called Sprout. All of Tyler’s products are available nationwide at select retailers and his kitchen shops in California.
Tyler lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife Tolan and their three children – Miles, Hayden, and their little girl, Dorothy.