Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland, CA, both featuring her inventive takes on modern soul food, Southern and barbecue. The author of New Soul Cooking: Updating a Cuisine Rich in Flavor and Tradition (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang 2003) and the forthcoming Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook (Chronicle Books 2014), Chef Holland is known for
her role as a host and expert on soul food for the “Melting Pot” series on The Food Network & The Cooking Channel. She is regularly featured on The Today Show and The Talk, and has made guest appearances on The Chew, Sarah Moulton’s Cooking Live, The Wayne Brady Show, G. Garvin’s Road Tour, VH1’s Soul Cities, and more. Chef Holland received her formal French training from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France, receiving a Grande Diplôme. Chef Holland has contributed
to The Huffington Post, Food & Wine, Signature Bride, and Wine Enthusiast magazines, and has been featured in articles in O Magazine, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Sunset, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications. Chef Holland is a regular instructor at Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico (Rated #1 spa in the world by Travel & Leisure). She is Co-President of the San Francisco chapter of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier. The City of Oakland declared June 5th, 2012 as Tanya Holland Day for her “Significant Role in Creating Community and Establishing Oakland as a Culinary Center”. Women’s Initiative awarded Holland as “2013 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”. Chef Holland was awarded 2013 California Chef of the Year by the California Travel Association.
Chef Holland offers three hands-on culinary experiences during which you will enjoy preparing your own meal along with fellow cooks. Classes take place at La Cocina Que Canta, our new culinary center. For more information and registration, please click here.