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Tyler Florence Makes the Ultimate Dinner

At Tyler Florence's demonstration at the NYC Wine and Food Festival, Florence taught the crowd how to make the ultimate birthday dinner. It was the exact dinner he made for his wife on her birthday! The boyishly handsome chef has had a busy year. Not only did his wife give birth to a baby girl, but he also released two new cookbooks, opened a kitchenware store in Northern California, and filmed an upcoming season of Tyler's Ultimate, all while making appearances and doing demonstrations.

His special dinner menu — which is ideal for the holiday season — consisted of beef tenderloin with Béarnaise sauce, Brussels sprout and fingerling potato hash, and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. To see what Tyler had to say about this menu,

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  • Instead of a regular round cake, Florence recommends making a long, rectangular cake (I loved this idea and am doing it the next time I make cake). Pour the cake batter into a large cookie sheet. Bake as you would any cake. Remove from the oven and cut into three even rectangles. Layer frosting between the pieces.
  • Beef tenderloin is a great cut of meat when feeding a crowd.
  • "Color equals flavor." To maximize the flavor of the beef, Tyler sears it in a smoking pan. Then he roasts it in the oven until finished.
  • Always add fresh herbs. Dried herbs don't do much to a dish. Fresh herbs, on the other hand, make a dish fragrant and delicious.
  • Be cleaver with garnishes. Florence refers to the process of making food beautiful as "culinary pyrotechnics."
  • Make the Béarnaise sauce in the blender. It's quick and easy.
  • For the fluffiest frosting, always stir or mix with a wire whisk.
  • Take the beef out of the oven when the temperature reads 125°F. While the meat rests, its temperature will rise to 130°F.

What's your go-to menu for special occasions? What do you think of Tyler Florence's menu and tips?


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gingrlj gingrlj 5 years
great tips for a fabulous meal. he's so dreamy and I had a fabulous meal @ his new restaurant in SF this summer
SweetGeorgia SweetGeorgia 7 years
i just had carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on thursday. yum! my office does this one a month for each months birthdays, its always the most popular flavor.
dallastarzz dallastarzz 7 years
I Love you Tyler!
dallastarzz dallastarzz 7 years
I Love you Tyler!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Ohh love Tyler. I've loved all the shows he's had on Food Network plus he's such a cutie.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
he's really making moves in the food world isn't he? i know that he's had his show on tv for some time, and i've seen him at the Miami food and wine festival, and then to see his menu at TGI Fridays and then to see his show - well you know that he's going places. i hope that we get to see more of him - he's really got a good mindset on where things need to go to be unique and original yet not too over the top and unattainable.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I love Tyler! Our families are good friends, so he's cooked for us before, and let me tell you...everything he makes is great!!
nancita nancita 7 years
Great tips and all very simple to follow. I especially like the idea of searing the beef and doing the sauce in a blender.
Mesayme Mesayme 7 years
Homeboy!! :LOVE: Tyler!!
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 7 years
I love tyler florence. He could make this for my birthday dinner...it's coming up! :)
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