Tanya Holland

Tanya Holland

San Francisco

About Tanya Holland

Tanya Holland is a professional chef, cookbook author, and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen. She has been featured in various publications and is best known for her role as a host and expert on Soul Food for the “Melting Pot” series on Food Network. She is also known for her inventive takes on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics.

My Venues


  • Bib Gourmand (Brown Sugar Kitchen)
    Michelin Guide
  • Best New Barbecue in the USA
    Food & Wine
  • Author
    New Soul Cooking: Updating a Cuisine Rich in Flavor and Tradition, Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook
  • Host
    Melting Pot
  • California Chef of the Year
    California Travel Association
  • San Francisco Co-President
    Les Dames d’Escoffier

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

I don’t know where to begin.
"I don’t know where to begin. For years I’ve said, “I want to be the female Anthony Bourdain.” I admire and try to share his irreverence. Plus his lust for travel and experiencing culture through food. He was and is the gold standard. Mostly because when I met him he exhibited humility and he was gracious. The attributes I admire most. And what I aspire to. It’s unexpected, but necessary when one has “fame.” But fame leads to people making assumptions about your life. I learned early on and the hard way that you never know what anyone is going through. Can we all PLEASE have more compassion and empathy for one another? Stop assuming. Stop putting people in boxes! We all experience the world differently. Some of us can’t even see ourselves clearly. But whatever you do, do it with grace and ease. XO to TB no tags and no hashtags today"
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At My Venues