Tiffany Derry

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Tiffany Derry
Born (1982-12-26) December 26, 1982 (age 41)
Education The Art Institute of Houston
Culinary career
Current restaurant(s)
  • * Roots Chicken Shak, Plano (2017–),
    * Roots Southern Table, Farmers Branch (2021–)
Previous restaurant(s)
  • * Private|Social, Dallas (2011–2013),
    * The Cupboard by Tiffany Derry (2015–2018)
Television show(s)

Tiffany Derry is an American celebrity chef and restaurateur. She is a Top Chef television series alumna, and known for her appearances on Cutthroat Kitchen and Hungry Investors (Spike TV). She is based in Dallas, Texas.


Early life

Derry was born on December 26, 1982, in Beaumont, Texas. [1] She is African American. [2]

Derry graduated from The Art Institute of Houston in 2003 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in culinary arts. [3] She started her culinary career at the local International House of Pancakes at the age of 15, [4] where she later had a management position. [5]

Restaurant career

Derry was the chef and owner of "Private|Social" in Dallas from 2011 to 2013. [6] In 2012, Derry founded her professional website promoting her culinary career and her restaurant, "Private|Social." In 2013, Derry expressed interest in opening her own restaurant in her hometown of Beaumont. [7]

Derry has also working with the Dallas Independent School District to improve their school lunch program in order to provide healthier options. [8]

Derry opened Roots Chicken Shak in Plano in 2017. [9]

Derry, partnering with investor Tom Foley of T2D Concepts and Indigo Group, to opened Roots Southern Table in June 2021 in Farmers Branch, Texas as an expansion concept to Roots Chicken Shak. [10] The concept is chef driven and the menu consists of high end twists to the classic southern recipes Derry grew up with. [11] Roots Southern Table was included in the "2021 Restaurants List" by The New York Times, as one of the fifty best American restaurants of the year. [12] [13]

Television appearances

Derry competed in Top Chef season 7 in Washington, D.C., and won "fan favorite" after placing fifth. She also competed among the All-Star chefs in season 8 and finished fourth as a finalist. [14]

Derry appeared on an episode of Spike TV's Bar Rescue in June 2013, [15] and has appeared in a commercial promoting her alma mater, "The Art Institute of Houston". [16] She has occasionally appeared on other episodes of Bar Rescue from time to time.

In November 2013, she was the day's winner on an episode of Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen and she started to appear on the Spike TV series Hungry Investors , which debuted in 2014. [17]

In 2022 and 2023, Derry was on Guy Fieri's television series, Tournament of Champions , seasons 3 and 4. [18]

In 2024, Derry Joins Anne Burrell to host and train the recruits of the blue team in season 27 of Worst Cooks in America . The season is called "spoiled rotten".


In 2013, Derry was awarded the Hall of Fame by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. [19]

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