Celebration Weekend 2013 Featured Presenters

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Tanya Holland

Tanya Holland, Chef/Owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ, Author, New Soul Cooking 

This year’s California Chef of the Year award went to a woman well versed in soul food and Southern cooking: chef Tanya Holland. Owner of two beloved Oakland restaurants, Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ, and the unofficial master of “fried chicken and waffles,” Holland has brought much positive recognition to the city, so much so that last year, Oakland named June 5 after her.

Holland is a graduate of La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France, and a veteran of the Boston and New York City restaurant scenes; she worked under Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill and was executive chef of The Delux Café in Boston and The Victory Kitchen in Brooklyn.

The restaurateur shares her love of new-style down-home cooking in a variety of ways. She has hosted the Melting Pot series on the Food Network and is regularly featured on NBC’s The Today Show. Last year, Holland was a celebrity judge on TV One’s My Momma Throws Down. Her recipes have appeared in O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Savoy, and Travel & Leisure, among others. She has taught at many recreational cooking schools across the country and is currently a member of the Chef’s Council for The Center for Culinary Development in San Francisco as well as Vice President of the San Francisco chapter of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier. Her latest book, The Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook, is due out in 2014.

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