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Tanya Holland

Chef & Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen; Host of "Tanya's Kitchen Table"

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Acclaimed for her inventive take on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics, Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef/Owner of the internationally renowned and beloved Brown Sugar Kitchen restaurant, located in Oakland, California. The author of The Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook and New Soul Cooking, Holland competed on the 15th season of Top Chef on Bravo, was the host and soul food expert on Food Network’s Melting Pot, she appears on the new HBO Max show Selena + Chef featuring Selena Gomez, and is the host of “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (airs November 14 – December 26, 2020). She is a frequent contributing writer and chef to the James Beard Foundation, and Brown Sugar Kitchen (Oakland, CA) has received multiple Michelin Bib Gourmand awards. She is an in-demand public speaker and lecturer who frequently leads the conversation on inclusion and equity in the hospitality industry.

Holland leads a critically-acclaimed podcast “Tanya’s Table” produced by MuddHouse Media and has interviewed celebrity guests in Season One such as Questlove, Samin Nosrat, Alice Waters, Danny Meyer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bassem Youssef, and Carla Hall. Season Two of “Tanya’s Table” runs from December 2020 through March 2021 and features special guests Ayesha Curry, Danny Glover, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Rosenthal, Lars Ulrich, Lizz Wright, Ericka Huggins, Jonny Moseley, and others.

Holland has appeared as a special guest on lauded national television shows, including the Today Show, The Talk, CBS This Morning, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, VH1′s Soul Cities, Sara Moulton’s Cooking Live, Ready, Set, Cook!, and The Wayne Brady Show. Locally, she’s appeared on Bay Area shows such as Check, Please! Bay Area, View from the Bay, and Eye on the Bay. Holland was also a featured judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef, PBS’ The Great American Chef’s Tour, and TV One’s My Momma Throws Down.

Holland has contributed articles to various national magazines, including Sunset, Food & Wine, Signature Bride, and Wine Enthusiast, and has been featured in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Cherry Bombe, Stanford Review, Huffington Post, and many other publications. In addition to her own cookbooks, she has contributed to several chef compilations, including The Cherry Bombe Cookbook, Hoos in the Kitchen, Feed Your People, and America, and The Great Cookbook.

Holland has served as the president of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier San Francisco chapter. The City of Oakland declared June 5, 2012 as “Tanya Holland Day,” and in 2013, former Mayor Jean Quan gave her a Key to the City and she was awarded “California Chef and Restaurateur of the Year” by the California Tourism Board. Having been appointed as a Culinary Diplomat by the United States' Foreign Service Department for tours in Kazakhstan and Mexico, Holland also has taught classes in France for gastronomic travelers.

Holland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and a Grande Diplôme from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine (Burgundy, France). She began her restaurant career as an Assistant Manager at Cornelia Street Café, Café Rakel, and Nosmo King Restaurants (New York City). As a chef, she trained with Michel Sarran at Le Mas Du Langoustier (Island of Porquerolles, France) and Jean-Michel Bouvier at Restaurant L’Essential (Chambery, France). She worked for two years under celebrity chef Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill, and cooked at The Oyster Bar (Martha’s Vineyard), L’Etoile (Martha’s Vineyard), and Hamersley’s Bistro (Boston, MA). She received rave reviews as the Executive Chef of The Delux Café (Boston, CA) and The Victory Kitchen (Brooklyn, NY), as well as in her starring role as Creative Director at Le Théâtre (Berkeley, CA).

Holland has an expansive knowledge of the restaurant business due to her roles as a Catering Office Manager, wine importer’s Tasting Assistant, a Server at Mesa Grill, and a Food Styling Assistant to Roscoe Betsill of Metropolitan Home, Vegetarian Times, and Food & Wine magazines.

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Tanya Holland

Chef & Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen; Host of "Tanya's Kitchen Table"

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Tanya Holland Biography

Acclaimed for her inventive take on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics, Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef/Owner of the internationally renowned and beloved Brown Sugar Kitchen restaurant, located in Oakland, California. The author of The Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook and New Soul Cooking, Holland competed on the 15th season of Top Chef on Bravo, was the host and soul food expert on Food Network’s Melting Pot, she appears on the new HBO Max show Selena + Chef featuring Selena Gomez, and is the host of “Tanya’s Kitchen Table” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (airs November 14 – December 26, 2020). She is a frequent contributing writer and chef to the James Beard Foundation, and Brown Sugar Kitchen (Oakland, CA) has received multiple Michelin Bib Gourmand awards. She is an in-demand public speaker and lecturer who frequently leads the conversation on inclusion and equity in the hospitality industry.

Holland leads a critically-acclaimed podcast “Tanya’s Table” produced by MuddHouse Media and has interviewed celebrity guests in Season One such as Questlove, Samin Nosrat, Alice Waters, Danny Meyer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bassem Youssef, and Carla Hall. Season Two of “Tanya’s Table” runs from December 2020 through March 2021 and features special guests Ayesha Curry, Danny Glover, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Rosenthal, Lars Ulrich, Lizz Wright, Ericka Huggins, Jonny Moseley, and others.

Holland has appeared as a special guest on lauded national television shows, including the Today Show, The Talk, CBS This Morning, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, VH1′s Soul Cities, Sara Moulton’s Cooking Live, Ready, Set, Cook!, and The Wayne Brady Show. Locally, she’s appeared on Bay Area shows such as Check, Please! Bay Area, View from the Bay, and Eye on the Bay. Holland was also a featured judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef, PBS’ The Great American Chef’s Tour, and TV One’s My Momma Throws Down.

Holland has contributed articles to various national magazines, including Sunset, Food & Wine, Signature Bride, and Wine Enthusiast, and has been featured in The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Cherry Bombe, Stanford Review, Huffington Post, and many other publications. In addition to her own cookbooks, she has contributed to several chef compilations, including The Cherry Bombe Cookbook, Hoos in the Kitchen, Feed Your People, and America, and The Great Cookbook.

Holland has served as the president of the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier San Francisco chapter. The City of Oakland declared June 5, 2012 as “Tanya Holland Day,” and in 2013, former Mayor Jean Quan gave her a Key to the City and she was awarded “California Chef and Restaurateur of the Year” by the California Tourism Board. Having been appointed as a Culinary Diplomat by the United States' Foreign Service Department for tours in Kazakhstan and Mexico, Holland also has taught classes in France for gastronomic travelers.

Holland holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and a Grande Diplôme from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine (Burgundy, France). She began her restaurant career as an Assistant Manager at Cornelia Street Café, Café Rakel, and Nosmo King Restaurants (New York City). As a chef, she trained with Michel Sarran at Le Mas Du Langoustier (Island of Porquerolles, France) and Jean-Michel Bouvier at Restaurant L’Essential (Chambery, France). She worked for two years under celebrity chef Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill, and cooked at The Oyster Bar (Martha’s Vineyard), L’Etoile (Martha’s Vineyard), and Hamersley’s Bistro (Boston, MA). She received rave reviews as the Executive Chef of The Delux Café (Boston, CA) and The Victory Kitchen (Brooklyn, NY), as well as in her starring role as Creative Director at Le Théâtre (Berkeley, CA).

Holland has an expansive knowledge of the restaurant business due to her roles as a Catering Office Manager, wine importer’s Tasting Assistant, a Server at Mesa Grill, and a Food Styling Assistant to Roscoe Betsill of Metropolitan Home, Vegetarian Times, and Food & Wine magazines.

Tanya Holland Videos

  • Tanya Holland | Executive Chef & Owner @ Brown Sugar Kitchen
    Mar 12, 2018 ... Tanya always wanted to be a dancer. She has loved dance since childhood. After deciding to go in to the restaurant business, she...
  • Interview with Chef Tanya Holland, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland, CA
    Tanya Holland is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA, featuring her inventive takes on modern soul food, Southern, and...

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  • How to book Tanya Holland?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tanya Holland for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Tanya Holland, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tanya Holland or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tanya Holland?

    Booking fees for Tanya Holland, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tanya Holland, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tanya Holland?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tanya Holland for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tanya Holland for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tanya Holland or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tanya Holland or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tanya Holland is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tanya Holland for your event is available upon request. Tanya Holland generally travels from Oakland, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Art Smith, Aaron Sanchez, Michael Schwartz, Melissa Clark and Edward Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tanya Holland for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tanya Holland Speaker Videos

  • Tanya Holland | Executive Chef & Owner @ Brown Sugar Kitchen
    Mar 12, 2018 ... Tanya always wanted to be a dancer. She has loved dance since childhood. After deciding to go in to the restaurant business, she shares how she still uses the art of dance in her day...
    Interview with Chef Tanya Holland, Brown Sugar Kitchen, Oakland, CA
    Tanya Holland is the executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA, featuring her inventive takes on modern soul food, Southern, and barbecue. The author of New Soul Cooking:...

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