Tanya Holland

2016 Speaker

TANYA HOLLAND is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA, both featuring her inventive takes on modern soul food, Southern and barbecue. She is the author of “Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook” (Chronicle Books 2014), and “New Soul Cooking: Updating a Cuisine Rich in Flavor and Tradition” (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang 2003). Chef Holland is known for her role as a host and expert on soul food for the “Melting Pot” series on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel. She is regularly featured on “The Today Show,” and has made guest appearances on “The Talk,” “The Chew,” “Sarah Moulton’s Cooking Live,” “The Wayne Brady Show,” “G. Garvin’s Road Tour,” VH1’s “Soul Cities” and more. Holland is currently a featured judge on TV One’s “My Momma Throws Down.” Holland received her formal French training from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France, receiving a Grande Diplôme. She has contributed to The Huffington Post, Food & Wine, Signature Bride and Wine Enthusiast magazines, and has been featured in articles in O Magazine, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Sunset, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications. She is co-president of the San Francisco chapter of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier. The City of Oakland declared June 5th, 2012 as Tanya Holland Day, and she was also awarded 2013 California Chef of the Year by the California Travel Association. @tanyaholland

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