Bright eyed and bushy-tailed Tyler is the kind of guy you wouldn’t mind to be your daughter’s prom date. He’s earnest, clean cut and the type who makes lasagna and apple pie – very Americana.
I first saw Tyler on TV with his Food Network show, the mildly annoying Food 911, where Tyler would come to “rescue” ordinary folk’s meals and cooking dilemmas, large canvas bag in hand (emblazoned annoyingly again with “911”). I dont know if it was the drab looking kitchens he always seemed to visit or the lack-luster people whose meals he saved, or even his own overtly keen persona – whatever it was, the show was not his best in my opinion.
But this was obviously not the public opinion as the show apparently did very well, and Tyler’s contemporary “honest” American style described as “real kitchen cooking” took off with the masses.
To be fair to Tyler however, he has evolved somewhat, at least with his shows’ sense of style. I have not seen “How to Boil Water” yet (please, couldn’t he have thought of a more clever name?), but I have seen Tyler’s Ultimate, and it was a lot better than 911.
Born in 1971, Tyler was educated in the culinary arts in South Carolina, moving to New York in 1992. By 1998 he opened and became executive chef at the critically Cafeteria, which went on to winning Best New Restaurant in New York’s Time Out magazine.
He made his television debut as early as 1996, with a few guest appearances on the Food Network. Aside from his own shows, the affable young Tyler has hosted other Food Network shows, as well as made appearances on E!, Rosie and the Today’s Show. He has also written two cookbooks – Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen and Eat This Book: Cooking With Global Fresh Flavours.
Originally posted on September 26, 2006 @ 9:59 pm