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Posted March 18, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Eat+Drink
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Tanya Holland (Hospitality: Restaurant)

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Tanya Holland
Tanya Holland (2nd from left) in an appearance on ABC TV’s “The Chew”

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In 25 Words or Less

Posted: April 11, 2016

Editor’s Note: Tanya Holland is one of the Bay Area’s most well known chefs. She has also received national recognition, having made guest appearances on shows such as The Today Show; Vh1′s Soul Cities; Sarah Moulton’s Cooking Live, Ready, Set, Cook!; The Chew and The Wayne Brady Show, as well as numerous appearances on local San Francisco shows such as Check, Please!, View from the Bay and Eye on the Bay.

THE BASICS
Name: Tanya Holland
Age: Stopped counting • Status: Single • Kids: No
Place of Birth: Hartford, CT • Raised: Rochester, NY
Professional Background: Tanya Holland, is a pioneer of the “new soul/southern” movement. She holds a Grand Diplome from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, hosted The Food Network series, “Melting Pot”, wrote “The Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook” and “New Soul Cooking”, and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.
What achievement or position are you most known for? Founder of Brown Sugar Kitchen, host on TVFN Melting Pot Soul Kitchen, Author of New Soul Cooking and The Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook.
Contact/Follow: WebsiteTwitterInstagram
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: Lab technician at Eastman Kodak Research Labs.
Field: Restaurant/Hospitality
Yrs of Experience: 30
Title: Chef/Owner/Author/Instructor/Media Personality
Company: Brown Sugar Kitchen • Oakland, CA
What it does and what I do: Restaurant
Current Big Project: Many
Staffing/Resource Needs: Not at this time.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Access to capital to expand and grow.
Significant Mistake/Regret: I didn’t hire slowly and fire quickly with professional consultants and staff.
Significant Accomplishment: Too many to list…hahaha!
Biggest Strength(s): Vision
Biggest Weakness(es): Impatience
Career Advice: Stay focused.
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Being outspoken and willful, I’m often misunderstood.
Significant Accomplishment: Becoming a member and then VP and then Co-President of the Bay Area Chapter of Les Dames d-Escoffier.
Life Advice: Change is constant.
Trait(s) most admired in others: Humility
Among several global issues of deep concern, one(s) that stands out to me: Recycling and food waste.
Some causes/organizations I support: City Slicker Farms
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leah Chase, Oprah Winfrey
25 WORDS OR LESS: LIFESTYLE
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 10
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Reading, moving
Some of my favorite local hangouts: The Cook and Her Farmer, Penrose, Bay Grape
Some of my favorite TV shows: All HBO, all the time. The Wire, Treme, Six Feet Under
What news outlets or media sources do you most rely on?: KQED
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Maui, Paris
Place(s) I would like to visit: Morocco, S. Africa, the list is long.
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): What pastime?
Favorite Book(s): Too many.
Something about me that may surprise you: I love an impromptu dance party or a planned one.
25 WORDS OR LESS: AND LASTLY. . .
I’m passionate about my work and take it seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously. I believe a little humility goes a long way.
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