Upon high school graduation, Tiffany vowed to study abroad yearly while attending the Art Institute of Houston. She spent time in Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, France, China and Hawaii, and that is where she developed a deep appreciation for different cultures and cuisines. Her travels were followed by stints in esteemed kitchens in Houston and Dallas including Pesce, Grotto Cucina Napolitano and Go Fish Ocean Club.
In 2010, Derry teamed with the Halstin Group to open Private|Social in the heart of Uptown, Dallas to much fanfare. The restaurant garnered much praise, including a 4-star review from The Dallas Morning News. The DMN also named Derry one of the “Best Chefs in DFW.”
Derry expanded her fan-base and gained international notoriety when she appeared on Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef where she was voted “fan favorite.” Derry’s quiet confidence, warm southern charm, and culinary expertise made her a natural selection for Top Chef: All-Stars. Tiffany continues her work with Top Chef. Keep on eye out for new episodes soon!
In addition, Derry sits on the Board of Directors of Food Policy Action, promoting policies that support healthy diets, improve food access and affordability, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production. Chef Derry is an active Member of The James Beard Foundation and has recently been appointed the spokesperson for their Sustainability efforts.