If you haven’t heard of celebrity chef Tyler Florence, maybe it’s time you climb out from the rock you’re living under and turn on The Food Network or Cooking Channel. Perhaps you’ve seen or heard of The Great Food Truck Race, Iron Chef America, or Worst Cooks In America; all of which are shows that Tyler has either appeared on and hosted. You could head to a bookstore and pick up one of his 11 books to add your collection, including Start Fresh: Your Child’s Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating and Inside The Test Kitchen. Or, if you’re in Northern California, you could check out one of his incredible restaurants in the San Francisco area.
Tyler’s had quite the career since he burst onto the culinary scene in the late ’90s. Decades later, he’s still on the forefront of the culinary cusp, using his knowledge, passion, and sheer talent in the kitchen to develop unique and exciting ways to re-teach America that eating a healthy and fresh diet — no matter what your dietary restrictions may be — can be simple, tasty, and most importantly, easy for everyone.
Among his other current culinary conquests, Tyler works with Innit, a cooking and lifestyle app that’s guaranteed to change healthy eating as we know it. Their goal is simple: “Our mission is to empower consumers to eat and live better by giving food a voice. We aim to bridge the divide between the incredible pace of eating innovations and existing consumer behaviors. We want to help people enjoy the way they eat every day.” With the Innit app, you can “get personalized meal recommendations and help as you go with step-by-step video guidance,” which basically means you get a private cooking lesson from the comfort of your own kitchen — tailored to your every need.
We sat down with Tyler to ask him more about the revolutionary cooking app, how everyday home cooks can benefit from it, and how everyone can make 2019 the healthiest year yet for themselves and their families.
LittleThings: Tell me a little bit about Innit — what exactly is it, and how did you get involved with it?
LT: What are some of the categories that Innit specializes in? For instance, I’m gluten-free; are there a ton of options for people with food allergies and/or specific diet guidelines?
LT: According to the Innit website, you are a “firm believer that the recipe is dead.” Honestly, same. I hardly ever follow recipes and prefer to cook on gut instinct, how I’m feeling, and what I actually want. Can you talk about why you think the recipe is dead?
LT: How do Innit recipes differ from regular recipes?
LT: What are some easy ways to stay on track with healthy eating in 2019 for both adults and children?
LT: How did you get involved in the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank? What advice can you give to everyday people like me who want to get involved in food banks and other local organizations?
LT: I love ‘The Great Food Truck Race’ — I think it’s cool to get a more in-depth look at how food trucks operate, which is obviously different than a standard restaurant kitchen. I know the final season premiered in 2018; what’s been your favorite part of filming that show?
LT: What’s your go-to dish for holidays and family gatherings?
LT: Finally, do you have any advice for aspiring chefs (like myself and our readers) who want to take their culinary skills in their home kitchen to the next level?
To learn even more about Innit, head over to their website and download their app. If you’d like to donate to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank or find ways to help, head over to their site.