Dawn Tyson

Executive Chef at Eleven Clinton, Smothered Blues, and published author, Dawn Tyson believes the dining room table is where borders fade and connections are made.

Chef Dawn received her first cooking experiences at the budding age of 5 when she visited her grandmother on her farm in Barbados. Watching and learning to cook from scratch, the first thing she learned to cook was biscuits, a Sunday morning tradition. From there cooking became a lifelong love and passion.

Chef Dawn spent her life developing her passion. Although she took a job with RCA Records as a Publicist after college, she never neglected her desire to share through cooking. During her time at RCA, she would cater on weekends. Finally heeding to her calling she entered the restaurant industry, serving as Head of House and as Executive Chef for multiple restaurant brands. In 2015, Chef Dawn’s close friend and mentor, Michael Thorpe approached her with the opportunity to serve as Executive Chef at Sunsplash in Browns Town St. Ann, Jamaica. She packed up and moved to Jamaica where she reconnected with the art of cooking. A one-year assignment turned into two years, during which time her appreciation for natural grown ingredients was reaffirmed and farm-to-table experiences because a focal point of her craft. Upon returning to the states in 2017, Chef Dawn was firm in her resolve to bring those values she spent time reconnecting with in Jamaica, back to any and all future endeavors. When she met Charles Hunter, she was certain the opportunity was for her when she learned about his focus of simplicity and farm-to-table concept.

Chef Dawn is currently working on her second book. In her first book, Soul Southern American Cuisine, published in 2012, she shares a wealth of recipes, including authentic family secrets. Her signature dish is her 8-cheese macaroni and cheese. In her free time Chef Dawn continues to share love and express herself through cooking. A stress-reliever and dear part of her life, Chef Dawn loves cooking and connecting at the table with family, friends, and soon you.