Tiffany Derry

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Biography

Beaumont, Texas native Tiffany Derry began her culinary career at the tender age of fifteen at a world renowned establishment known for breakfast. Initially applying for a cook position, Tiffany was denied because of her gender and was hired as a server. Due to the kitchen being understaffed, she moved to the kitchen and worked her way up within the company earning a management position at the age of seventeen.

Tiffany attended the Art Institute of Houston followed by stints in esteemed kitchens throughout Houston and Dallas including Pesce, Grotto Cucina Napolitano and Go Fish Ocean Club. Studying abroad in Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, France, China and Hawaii, she developed an appreciation for different cultures and cuisines.

In 2010, Derry teamed with Patrick Halbert of the Halstin Group to open Private|Social in the heart of Uptown, Dallas. The restaurant garnered much praise, including a 4-star review from The Dallas Morning News. The DMN also named Derry one of the “Best Chefs in DFW.” Derry has made appearances on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and Food Network’s Bobby’s Dinner Battle. In 2013, Derry parted ways with Private|Social to focus on Tiffany Derry Concepts, Inc., a company established to support Derry’s business and culinary ventures, which include television shows and partnerships with the world’s most recognized brands.

Derry expanded her fan-base and gained international notoriety when she appeared on Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef where she was voted “fan favorite” and achieved a place in the competition’s final four. Derry’s quiet confidence, warm southern charm, and culinary expertise made her a natural selection for Top Chef: All-Stars, where she was again a finalist. Derry was a series host on Spike TV series, “Hungry Investors” in Spring 2014. Alongside “Bar Rescue’s” Jon Taffer and Chef John Besh, the trio sought out and helped “diamond in the rough” failing restaurants meet their potential.

In addition, Derry serves as Ambassador for Novo Nordisk, committed to creating healthy options for those with Diabetes, and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. She also gives back to the community by participating in programs with the Dallas Independent School District and The North Texas Food Bank. She also serves on the board of Chefs 4 kids.

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