2023 Chef & Celebrity Alumni

For our 2023 Wine in the Warehouse, we’re bringing in a very special “TOP CHEF” as our Featured Celebrity Chef! Think of the southern decadence of creamy bread pudding, juicy fried chicken, and ingredients made from scratch – all made with love – and you’ve captured the expertise and Good Hands of Tiffany Derry…

About Chef Tiffany Derry

Beaumont, Texas native Tiffany Derry emerged into the national spotlight when she first appeared onseason 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef, where she finished in the top four and earned the title of “fan favorite”, going on to compete on Top Chef: All Stars. Her warm southern charm and culinary expertise led to more television appearances on shows such as Chopped, Chopped Kids, The Great American Recipe, Beat Bobby Flay, Tournament of Champions, and more. Derry currently runs two restaurants through her company T2D Concepts, including Roots Chicken Shack and Roots Southern Table, which was a 2022 James Beard Award Finalist for Best New Restaurant. 

From an early age, Derry knew her purpose was to be in the kitchen. Growing up on her family’s farm in the South, farm-to-table eating wasn’t a trend, it was a way of life—eating with the seasons, canning and preserving fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, fresh pies on the counter, never letting anything go to waste. Her grandmother always welcomed guests to her kitchen with love and taught Tiffany that cooking is more than just putting a few ingredients together—it’s a passion.

Outside of her restaurants and television appearances, Tiffany is a fierce advocate for social justice and equity across gender, race, and food access. She spends much of her spare time lobbying politicians to pass sustainable and healthy food polices—she was integral in getting the farm bill updated in 2013. Tiffany also serves as a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and a spokesperson for the James Beard Foundation’s sustainability efforts.


Welcome Chef Tiffany Derry!

Past Culinary Guests

  • Shacafrica Simmons (Florida)
  • Robyn Almovodar (Hollywood)
  • Nate Appleton (San Francisco)
  • Govind Armstrong (Los Angeles)
  • Sam Choy (Hawaii)
  • Leah Cohen
  • Paula DaSilva (Miami Beach)
  • Tiffany Derry (Texas)
  • Josef DeSimone (Palo Alto)
  • William DeSimone (US Virgin Islands)
  • Willy Diggelman (Panama)
  • Rocco DiSpirito (New York)
  • Catherine Driggers (Sonoma)
  • Michael Ferraro (New York)
  • Betty Fraser (Los Angeles)
  • Eric Greenspan (Los Angeles)
  • Theo Gumbs (St. Thomas)
  • Robbin Haas (Guatemala)
  • Julius Jackson (St. Thomas)
  • Negust Kaza (St. Croix)
  • Gerry Klaskala (Atlanta)
  • Mike Lata (Charleston)
  • Anita Lo (New York)
  • Antonia Lofaso (LA)
  • Tim Love (Texas)
  • Wayne Nish (San Francisco)
  • Evelyn Paul (Atlanta)
  • Kevin Rathbun (Atlanta)
  • Richard Reddington (Napa)
  • George Reid (Anguilla)
  • Gabriel Rucker (Portland)
  • Liza Shaw (San Francisco)
  • Ana Sortun (Boston)
  • Simon Stojanovic (Miami)
  • Roberto Trevino (Puerto Rico)
  • Mathayom Vacherat (St. John)
  • Merlin Verrier (Chicago)
  • Johnny Vinczencz (Miami)
  • Sue Zemanick (New Orleans)

Past Guest Wineries & Vintners

  • Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena
  • Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • Chris Benziger of Benziger Wineries
  • Cesare Bruni of Villa Cervi
  • Bob Foley of Robert Foley Vineyards
  • Anthony Giglio: Sommelier, Author, Educator
  • Milmari Giusti of Justin Vineyards
  • Gustavo Gonzalez of Robert Mondavi
  • Jennifer Halleck of Halleck Vineyard
  • Tom Hedges of Hedges Cellars
  • Carroll Kemp of RedCar Winery
  • Julianna Martinelli of Martinelli Vineyards
  • Trent Moffet of Moffet Vineyards
  • Michaela Moretti of Casa Moretti in Notaresco
  • Lindy Novak of Spottswood Winery
  • Joel Peterson of Ravenswood
  • Michael Phillips of David Michael Winery
  • Maria Ponzi of Ponzi Vieyards
  • Kent Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wine Company
  • Shauna Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wine Company
  • Eric Wente of Wente Wineries
  • Kent Rosenblum of Rosenblum Cellars
  • Shauna Rosenblum of Rock Wall Wine
  • Francesca Tinazzi of Tinazzi Winery
  • Camille Seghesio of Seghesio Family Vineyards
  • Rudy Von Strasser of von Strasser Winery