Having traveled across the country to help everyday people with their cooking challenges Chef Tyler Florence has developed a unique perspective on how Americans like to eat and cook today. He is a champion for uncomplicated recipes, bright flavors and fresh food, which he believes is the type of cooking that comes from a "real kitchen" – a place dedicated to culinary honesty.
Tyler, has received acclaim from the national culinary community; for his creativity and dedication to the art of cooking. He has been recognized as a leading chef, by publications such as Food & Wine, GQ, Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend and People.
In 1991, Tyler graduated with honors from the College of Culinary Arts, at Johnson & Wales University in South Carolina. After relocating to New York City in 1992, he honed his culinary skills under the tutelage of some of the city's premier chefs, including Charlie Palmer at Aureole, Marta Pulini at Mad 61 and Rick Laakonen at River Café.
Confident of his culinary talent, Tyler accepted the Executive Chef's position at Cibo in 1995, where his original creations received applause from numerous New York City publications, such as New York Times,New York Magazine and Crain's New York Business.
In 1998, Tyler opened the critically acclaimed Cafeteria in Manhattan as Executive Chef; under his direction, the restaurant received a nomination for "Best New Restaurant" in Time Out New York.
While firmly establishing his reputation and credibility on the New York food scene, Tyler also made his television debut in 1996; with guest appearances on the US Food Network. Tyler’s national appeal was confirmed with the launch of Food 911 in 1999. He also has hosted other shows, including Tyler's Ultimate, Planet Food, All American Festivals and My Country, My Kitchen. Tyler is a regular on NBC's TODAY show and has appeared on The View, Rosie, E! and Access Hollywood, among others.
Florence has written Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen.