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Photo of Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence is a 25-year veteran Food Network chef and host. He owns and operates three restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area, including the award-winning Wayfare Tavern, and has authored 16 cookbooks.

Experience: Tyler Florence has captivated viewers on numerous hit food shows, including Emmy-nominated "Tyler's Ultimate" and "The Great Food Truck Race". He is a two-time James Beard Award nominee. Tyler opened his flagship restaurant, Wayfare Tavern, over a decade ago. His newest restaurant, Miller & Lux, is a West Coast classic steakhouse located in the Chase Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors. Tyler's insatiable quest for what's current and interesting in the food and lifestyle space has always positioned him at the forefront of new trends. In 2017, he created a full-stack production company, Monarch Collective, Inc. He has since produced content for television and digital media, launched a successful online cooking class platform, and created marketing videos for a variety of clients like Red Bull and See's Candies.
Chef Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco combines two distinct Italian favorites into a single genius dish: pasta with clams and sausage with broccoli rabe. Instead of just sautéing the rabe with the sausage, he purees it to create a quick, pleasantly bitter pasta sauce. Slideshow:  More Pasta Recipes  Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners. 
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Chef Tyler Florence of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco gets as much crispiness as possible when roasting chicken by spatchcocking, or butterflying—removing the backbone and flattening the bird so that more of the skin is exposed to direct heat. (Your butcher can do this for you.) He serves his kale Caesar alongside, tossing the caramelized roasted garlic from the chicken into the salad Slideshow:  More Chicken Recipes  Recipe from Food & Wine Chefs' Easy Weeknight Dinners
Spatchcocking is star chef Tyler Florence’s key to a supermoist and evenly cooked bird; stuffing creamy polenta dressing under the skin makes it extra-crispy. Slideshow: More Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes 
Star chef Tyler Florence tosses three types of lettuce with sweet apple, persimmons and crisp fennel in this bountiful and beautiful fall salad.   Slideshow: More Salad Recipes 
Molded Cranberry Sauce
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Star chef Tyler Florence makes his not-too-sweet molded cranberry sauce with chunks of pineapple. Slideshow: Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes 
Roasted Onion Dip
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This delicious onion dip from star chef Tyler Florence uses the whole onion—no waste involved. Slideshow: More Bar Snack Recipes 
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This mousse-like cheesecake from star chef Tyler Florence has a delicious graham cracker crust and gets topped with sweet and boozy bananas. Slideshow: Cake Recipes 
Star chef Tyler Florence serves the traditional combination of sweet potatoes and marshmallows in a unique way, standing roasted potatoes upright and piping swirls of homemade marshmallow on top. Slideshow:  More Sweet Potato Recipes 
Roasted Onion Dip
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This delicious onion dip from star chef Tyler Florence uses the whole onion—no waste involved. Slideshow: More Bar Snack Recipes 
This mousse-like cheesecake from star chef Tyler Florence has a delicious graham cracker crust and gets topped with sweet and boozy bananas. Slideshow: Cake Recipes 
Star chef Tyler Florence serves the traditional combination of sweet potatoes and marshmallows in a unique way, standing roasted potatoes upright and piping swirls of homemade marshmallow on top. Slideshow:  More Sweet Potato Recipes 
Tyler Florence uses beets and their greens to make this fresh and vibrant side dish for Thanksgiving. If you can’t find beets with beautiful greens, Swiss chard or curly spinach leaves can be used instead. Slideshow:  More Beet Recipes 
Herbed Potato Chips
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Tyler Florence fries fresh herbs in hot oil until crispy, infusing it with great flavor before he adds the potatoes. Slideshow: More Bar Snack Recipes 
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California Steak Salad
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Tyler Florence says you can top this main-course salad with any vegetables you have on hand. Crisp ones are best with the seared beef tenderloin and blue cheese vinaigrette. Slideshow:  Salads with Meat 
Blueberry-Banana Pancakes
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Tyler Florence made these pancakes at home one weekend morning with his son Hayden. They're a slight variation on a recipe from his book, Tyler Florence Family MealMore Breakfast Recipes More Tyler Florence Recipes
Extra Crispy Fried Chicken
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To make his phenomenal fried chicken, Tyler Florence first bakes it low and slow, so it's juicy. Then he coats the chicken pieces in seasoned flour and fries them in oil that's been flavored with garlic and herbs. Slideshow:  More Fried Chicken Recipes 
Towering Coconut Layer Cake
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Because Tyler Florence wanted Wayfare Tavern to feel like a century-old San Francisco institution, he researched menus dating all the way back to the Gold Rush. This cake couldn't be more traditional: four layers of rum-brushed yellow cake filled and frosted with a light and airy, coconut-scented meringue-buttercream. Slideshow:  More Great Layer Cakes 
This lovely side dish of light, fluffy bulgur studded with bits of toasted almonds and crisp green beans is a wonderful alternative to rice. Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
Tyler Florence likes making this one-pot dish for parties because it requires so little cleanup. He simply steams plump mussels in lager, then tosses them in a creamy, spicy, slightly tart sauce made with ginger, chiles, coconut milk and lime juice. The result is a Thai-inflected version of the French classic. Amazing Seafood Recipes
Tyler Florence makes a Korean-inspired marinade for skirt steak with hoisin sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar. With what he calls a "king-of-the-grill mentality," he boldly adds even more layers of flavor by topping the steak with a butter he's blended with caramelized shallots and shiso, an aromatic green leaf used frequently in Japanese cooking. In the United States, shiso leaves are available in Asian markets; one tablespoon of chopped fresh tarragon is a fine substitute in this recipe.Plus: More Beef Recipes and Tips
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In addition to salt, Tyler Florence uses miso—the creamy Japanese soybean paste'to season his crisp salad of zucchini ribbons tossed with toasted sesame seeds and crackling strips of nori (dried seaweed). Be sure to serve this zucchini salad as soon as it's ready because it can get watery while it sits.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
A rose water–scented yogurt dressing gives these scallops a Middle Eastern inflection. Chef Tyler Florence served them as a starter at a dinner hosted by his new business partner, Napa Valley's famed Mondavi family; Michael Mondavi's family winery releases Tyler Florence Wines this fall. More Tyler Florence Recipes
Tyler Florence served this dish as the main course at a Michael Mondavi dinner during the most recent Napa Valley wine auction. His gnocchi, almost like miniature blini, soak up the pan juices from the lamb. They would also make terrific hors d'oeuvres, skewered on toothpicks with roasted peppers or a cube of prosciutto. (Tyler even sells a "Lucky Pig" toothpick holder at his kitchenware store in the Marin County town of Mill Valley, aptly called the Tyler Florence Shop.) More Lamb Recipes
Red Curry-Lime Chicken Wings
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Tyler Florence transforms basic chicken wings by baking them until they're crispy, then tossing them in a butter flavored with lime juice, honey and hot Thai red curry paste. As he says, "The sauce is so delicious you'll be licking your fingers and going for an extra stack of napkins."Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
Tyler Florence transforms the Pavlova, the classic Australian dessert of meringue topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit, by adding tart lemon curd, crunchy pistachios and fresh ginger (an Asian flourish). This recipe is superb for entertaining, Tyler says, because "it's as easy as whipping up egg whites." Beautiful Desserts
These slushy, potent cocktails are easy to make in batches. They're also ideal for parties because most of the preparation can be done in advance. Cocktail Party Recipes