I am a product developer and recipe writer based in Toronto, Canada.
I have always been the creative type. At 20 I moved to Paris to pursue a career as a professional makeup artist. I began working at Sephora on the Champs D’Elysées not long after I arrived. While I was happy enough, I realized that makeup and I are just good friends… not soulmates. What really piqued my interest was pastry. Specifically, the classic French dessert, tarte tatin. I carefully ploted my route to work in the morning, making sure I passed my favourite boulangeries along the way. I had come to Paris to be inspired, but it turned out to be food, not makeup, that I hungered for. (Pardon the pun!) Eventually I returned to Canada to complete the university education I had put on hold.
After receiving a B.A. in Linguistics and Politics from the University of Toronto, I hopped around from job to job. I knew I loved to cook, but hadn’t realized my passion could become a rewarding career. It wasn’t until I left a horrible call-centre position that I re-evaluated my priorities. It was time to work in an industry I was passionate about, so I enrolled in the Culinary Skills Program at Humber College. Soon afterwards I began an internship at Jules Patisserie. After graduating from Humber, I was hired as an assistant pastry chef. In 2012, I became the head pastry chef for Mabel’s Bakery chain in Toronto’s west end.
In 2013, I completed a four month internship with Canadian Living Magazine developing recipes in their test kitchen. A Dragon Fruit Martini recipe I created was published in the October 2013 issue print and digital issue (I was the first intern in their history to have a recipe published in the magazine – perhaps even still?)
“This year, we had a great Test Kitchen intern named Tyler Christian Brown, who we absolutely loved. We loved him so much, in fact, that we had him develop a delicious cocktail for our October issue — and he did a fantastic job. We loved the fresh tropical flavours in this super stylish black and white martini.” – Canadian Living, November 23, 2013
Canadian Living’s Cocktail Fridays: Dragon Fruit Martini
Not long afterwards, I was asked by the editorial team at National Geographic Traveler for the rights to a photo of momo dumplings I took while on vacation in Darjeeling, India. I happily sold the photo, and thus began my foray into food styling/photography. (Photo printed in the June/July 2014 iPad issue).
Currently, I work for DOM International as their Product Developer. In my current role, I develop value-added seafood products for DOM International, as well as the house brands of Canada’s major grocery chains. In addition to recipe development, I style and photograph our seafood products for marketing and social media.
Since taking on the Product Developer role at DOM International, I have created several seafood products available for purchase at Costco, Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Sobeys, and Metro. From spring 2015 to summer 2016, I developed several items for the label From Our Chefs sold at Loblaws.
Please contact me for assistance with menu planning, food trends, and recipe development.
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Tyler Christian Brown