The seventh annual event welcomes Tiffany Derry, an entrepreneur, restaurant consultant and television personality from Bravo’s Top Chef. A Texas native, Derry began her culinary career at the local International House of Pancakes, quickly working her way up to become the youngest person to hold a management position. Derry expanded her fan-base and gained international fame when she appeared on Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef where she achieved a place in the competition’s final four. Derry’s southern charm and culinary expertise made her a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef. In 2011, she opened Private|Social in the heart of Uptown, Dallas, where she was named one of the best chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth. Additionally, she launched Tiffany Derry Concepts (TDC), a company established to support her business and culinary ventures, which includes television shows and partnerships with the world’s most recognized brands. Derry continues to find success on her Spike TV series, “Hungry Investors” alongside Jon Taffer and Chef John Besh.
Executive chef and joint owner at Yu Alderley Edge, recognized as one the leading high-end Chinese restaurants in Aderly Edge, United Kingdom. Yu is passionate about taking Chinese cuisine to the next level, using the best ingredients to blend fine dining with both traditional and modern methods of cooking. Yu incorporates new techniques and skills he learned from his father, Charlie Yu, to create award-winning, distinctive dishes. Yu views Yu Alderley Edge as a restaurant that brings a new spirit of Chinese dining to the hospitality industry. Yu will add a nice flare to this year’s Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, bringing his Chinese heritage to the island as he continues to push the limits with cooking styles and trends.
Executive Chef and co-owner of Chai Pani will also join this year’s all-star lineup. Chai Pani, an authentic Indian street food operation in downtown Asheville, tells a story of spice markets, hawkers, rickshaws and streetside chefs through smell, flavor, color and taste. With the opening of his fifth restaurant, a catering company, and two James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef in the Southeast, Irani’s Georgia-based restaurant, Chai Pani, is his most prized accomplishment. His self-taught talent and restaurant ventures have resulted in coverage in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, GQ, Food & Wine, Men’s Health, USA Today, and Bon Appetit, among others. He credits his business success to the people he works with each day, including his business partner and wife, Molly.