The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a graduate of a private sector institution who has achieved noteworthy success in his or her chosen career field. This individual acknowledges that attending a private postsecondary institution was a major step in achieving success.
2013 Winner: Tiffany Derry, Art Institute of Houston
Immediately after graduating high school, Tiffany enrolled in the Art Institute of Houston to hone her culinary talents. She had already discovered her flair for the food industry by working her way into a management position at her local IHOP while only a high school student.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Houston in 2003 with an associate of applied science in culinary arts, she worked for some of the top restaurants in the Houston area, including Pesce and Grotto Cucina Napolitano. Competing on Season 7 of "Top Chef," Tiffany was voted “fan favorite” and made it to the final four. She was invited back for "Top Chef: All Stars," where she was again a finalist.
In 2011, she teamed with Patrick Halbert to open their restaurant Private|Social in Dallas to great accolades. In fact, Private|Social and Chef Derry's cooking received a 4-star review from the Dallas Morning News.
Recently, Tiffany has moved on from Private|Social to focus on the development of her own company, Tiffany Derry Concepts, which supports both her business and culinary ventures. She now partners with some of the world’s most recognized brands, while also appearing on television shows, giving back to schools and food banks in Texas, and acting as a spokesperson for the Art Institute's system of schools.
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