Beaumont, Texas native Tiffany Derry began her culinary career at the local International House of Pancakes. Derry quickly worked her way up within the company, becoming the youngest person to hold a management position at the age of 17. Upon high school graduation, Derry went on to hone her culinary techniques at 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.
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.
In 2011, Derry teamed with Patrick Halbert of the Halstin Group to open Private|Social in the heart of Uptown, Dallas to much fanfare. 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 (TDC), 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 is scheduled to air in a new Spike TV series, “Hungry Investors” in Spring 2014. Alongside with “Bar Rescue’s” Jon Taffer and Chef John Besh, the trio will seek out and help “diamond in the rough” failing restaurants meet their potential.
In addition, Derry serves as a national spokesperson for the Art Institute’s Culinary Arts Program, 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.