Tiffany Derry, a graduate of the Art Institute of Houston, will be honored at APSCU’s annual convention in Orlando with the association's Hall of Fame Award.
Derry enrolled in the Art Institute of Houston to hone her culinary talents immediately after graduating from high school. She already had discovered her flair for the food industry by working her way into a management position at her local IHOP as a high school student.
In 2003, Derry graduated with an associate of applied science in culinary arts and worked for some of the top restaurants in the Houston area, including Pesce and Grotto Cucina Napolitano. Competing on season seven of "Top Chef," Derry was voted “fan favorite” and made it to the final four. She was invited back for "Top Chef: All Stars," where she again was a finalist.
In 2011, she teamed up with Patrick Halbert to open the restaurant Private|Social in Dallas to great accolades. In fact, Private|Social and Chef Derry's cooking received a four-star review from the Dallas Morning News.
Recently, Derry has moved on from Private|Social to focus on the development of her own company, Tiffany Derry Concepts, which supports her business and culinary ventures. She now partners with some of the world’s most recognized brands while appearing on television shows, giving back to schools and food banks in Texas, and acting as a spokesperson for the Art Institute's culinary programs.
“The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a graduate of a private sector school who has achieved noteworthy success in his or her chosen career field,” said Steve Gunderson, president and chief executive officer of APSCU. “Tiffany Derry is a terrific example of a successful graduate who also contributes to her community and her alma mater. She is clearly working to make the most of the education she received at the Art Institute of Houston.”
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.