Tiffani Faison

Years of Participation

Chef Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q, Tiger Mama, and Fool’s Errand has made a name for herself nationwide for her dynamic personality, fierce work ethic and distinct ability to create restaurants that are warm, creative, and instantly loveable.

She opened Sweet Cheeks Q in 2011 in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, drawing inspiration from her love of Southern barbecue and extensive travels in Texas. Sweet Cheeks became an instant hit for its laidback Southern charm and addictive barbecue offerings. Shortly after opening, Sweet Cheeks garnered a three-star review from The Boston Globe, and it has been consistently awarded “Boston’s Best Barbecue” by Boston magazine. Forbes deemed its biscuits the “Best Biscuits in the World.”

In December 2015, Tiffani expanded on her culinary skills, creativity and business savvy with a new restaurant: Tiger Mama found on the same block as Sweet Cheeks in the Fenway. The seeds of Tiger Mama formed during Tiffani’s travels to Southeast Asia. Tiger Mama offers a chic, tropical meets urban atmosphere and a menu that journeys through Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

In August 2018, Tiffani opened her third restaurant – an adult snack bar called Fool’s Errand which neighbors Sweet Cheeks Q and Tiger Mama. With its intimate, standing-room-only space, Fool’s Errand’s snack forward menu works with top quality, luxurious ingredients to deliver irreverent bites.

Marking her many culinary achievements, in 2018 the James Beard Foundation nominated Tiffani as Best Chef: Northeast and Boston magazine awarded her “Best Chef: General Excellence” in 2016.

A runner-up on Top Chef Season One, Tiffani is now a frequent judge on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Grill Masters.

Tiffani lives in Jamaica Plain with her wife and business partner Kelly Walsh and furry kids. She is a tireless advocate of LGBT human rights.
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