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Festival Dates: Feb 20-23, 2014

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Tyler Florence

Wayfare Tavern

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Chef Tyler Florence graduated from the prestigious culinary program at Johnson and Wales University, and he immediately moved to New York. There, he honed his skills under the tutelage of premier chefs such as 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 more than 16 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; and his signature series, Tyler's Ultimate. The Great Food Truck Race is in its 4th Season on Food Network, and in July 2013 his new show, Food Court Wars, debuted. Tyler 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, Jimmy Fallon, Access Hollywood, Extra, and Good Morning America, and he was a contributing editor at House Beautiful Magazine, designing their “Kitchen of the Year” at Rockefeller Center in 2011.

In July of 2008, Tyler opened a kitchen retail shop, The Tyler Florence Shop, in Mill Valley, CA. In June 2010, Tyler opened his restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, in San Francisco's Financial District, followed in 2011 by the openings of both the historic El Paseo in Mill Valley, and Tyler Florence Fresh at San Francisco International Airport. Tyler was awarded “Restaurateur of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine for the year 2011, and received a three star review from San Francisco restaurant critic Michael Bauer. Tyler is a member of The Board of Directors of the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank. Tyler has his own award-winning line of wines made in the Napa Valley. 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, in addition to an organic baby food company called Sprout.

Tyler has written multiple top-selling cookbooks, including recent releases Tyler Makes Pancakes (HarperCollins), Start Fresh: Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating, and Family Meal (Rodale). In addition to his three previously released books, Tyler’s Ultimate, Eat This Book, and Real Kitchen (Clarkson Potter), his newest books are Tyler Florence Fresh (Clarkson Potter), released in December 2012, and Tyler Makes Spaghetti (Harper Collins) released in March 2013. Tyler lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife Tolan and their three children - Miles, 17 Hayden, 6, and their little girl, Dorothy, 5.

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