Tiffany Derry
Born (1982-12-26) December 26, 1982 (age 39)
EducationThe Art Institute of Houston
Culinary career
Current restaurant(s)
  • * Roots Chicken Shak, Plano (2017–),
    * Roots Southern Table, Farmers Branch (2021–)
Previous restaurant(s)
Television show(s)

Tiffany Derry is an American celebrity chef and restauranteur. She is a Top Chef television series alum, and known for her appearances on Cutthroat Kitchen and Hungry Investors (Spike tv). She is based in 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 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 Shack.[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]

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, Derry was on Guy Fieri's television series, Tournament of Champions (Food Network), season 3.[18]


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


  1. ^ "H-E-B Cooking Connection Virtual Class: Cook With Celebrity Chef Tiffany Derry". YouTube H-E-B. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "Juneteenth Special: Top Chef Tiffany Derry's Tips on Honoring the New Federal Holiday". Ebony magazine. 2021-06-19. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  3. ^ "Tiffany Derry". The Art Institutes. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "H-E-B Cooking Connection Virtual Class: Cook With Celebrity Chef Tiffany Derry". YouTube H-E-B. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  5. ^ "Chef Tiffany Derry". Tiffany Derry Concepts. Archived from the original on 2014-06-10.
  6. ^ "Tiffany Derry steps down from Private Social". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Chef Tiffany Derry hopes to open a Beaumont eatery". 15 November 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Top Chef' Tiffany Derry to Teach Rolling Pin Classes". Stagnito Media. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  9. ^ Tiffany Derry - Legacy Hall
  10. ^ "Rootsy restaurant from Dallas chef Tiffany Derry will set a Southern table".
  11. ^ "Roots Southern Table Homepage". Roots Southern Concepts. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
  12. ^ Sharpe, Patricia (2021-12-14). "At 'Top Chef' Contestant Tiffany Derry's New Restaurant, Southern Cooking Goes Global". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  13. ^ "The 2021 Restaurant List". The New York Times. 2021-10-11. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  14. ^ " Top Chef Season 8 Bios: Tiffany Derry, Season 7".
  15. ^ "Dallas Chef Tiffany Derry Is on Bar RescueTonight, and Has Some Wisdom in the Meantime". Dallas Observer. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  16. ^ ArtInstitutes. "Famous chef Tiffany Derry: Art Institutes grad". YouTube. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Turn on the TV: That's where you'll find Dallas Chef Tiffany Derry". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  18. ^ "Meet the 32 Chefs Competing on Guy Fieri's Tournament of Champions, Season 3". Food Com. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  19. ^ "2013 Hall of Fame Awarded to Chef Tiffany Derry". ASPCU. Retrieved October 8, 2013.