Chef Tiffani Faison
Chef Tiffani Faison has been surrounded by diverse cultures and exceptional cuisine since childhood. Born in Northern Germany, she travelled the globe and was exposed to a wide range of foods. Tiffani began as a line cook for celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Todd English. Tiffani went on to work for Daniel Boulud. In 2006 Tiffani was cast on the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and placed as the runner-up. After the frenzy of “Top Chef”, Tiffani went to work for Gabriel Frasca and Amanda Lydon in Nantucket and was then tapped by her former mentor Todd English to become the Executive Chef of a 400-room boutique hotel and restaurant in post-Katrina New Orleans. In 2010 Tiffani became Executive Chef at Rocca Kitchen & Bar, earning a glowing three-star review from The Boston Globe just several months after revamping its menu. In fall 2011, she opened the much-anticipated Sweet Cheeks, a Southern-Style Barbecue restaurant in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, which received a “three-star” review from The Boston Globe. The restaurant is the first restaurant that Tiffani has had full creative vision for and draws inspiration from her love of barbecue and extensive travels in the South.
Tiffani has been featured in SELF, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine and Food & Wine. She was one of eighteen chefs invited to compete in Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars in 2010 where she established herself as a new fan favorite. She has been a guest on the TODAY SHOW, SIMPLY MING and several other national and local shows and has been a contributing chef to numerous cookbooks. This is Tiffani's second year representing Top Chef at Taste of Derby.