GLOW Academy to Host Chef Tyler Florence for 5th Year of Celebrity Chef Events

Breakfast, lunch and dinner events to raise funds for the girls leadership school
Events on January 23 and 24, 2020

Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence will visit Wilmington in January to share his signature culinary style and support the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington. Three events are scheduled: an exclusive dinner for no more than 24 guests in a private home on January 23rd, and breakfast and lunch events both to be held at the Country Club of Landfall on January 24th. For all three events, Chef Florence will determine the menu, source ingredients and supervise both Food Network and a locally-sourced staff of Wilmington chefs, while regaling guests with stories from behind the scenes of his career as a celebrated chef, restauranteur, cookbook author, culinary retailer and television personality.

Chef Florence is the fifth Food Network star to visit Wilmington in support of GLOW Academy. Emeril Lagasse hosted events in 2016, Giada De Laurentiis in 2017, Guy Fieri in 2018 and Robert Irvine in 2019. The celebrity chef events reflect the career of GLOW Academy Founder Judy Girard, who was president of the Food Network from 1994 to 2004.

Sponsorship opportunities are available with benefits including personalized and autographed books, meet and greet occasions, and premiere seating. Tables of ten go on sale November 11th, and individual tickets, if still available, will go on sale December 9th. For more information, visit


After graduating from the prestigious culinary program at Johnson & Wales University, Florence tackled the Big Apple where he helmed multiple acclaimed restaurants and established himself as one of New York City’s finest young stars. Over the past 15 years, he has starred in such Food Network series as How to Boil Water, his cooking show for novices; Food 900, his hugely popular “recipe rescue” show; as well as his signature

Series, Tyler’s Ultimate. Florence has also hosted numerous other Food Network shows and specials, including Planet Food, All American Festivals and My Country, My Kitchen; and he is a regular guest on The Today Show, CNN, The View, The Tonight Show, Oprah, Good Morning America and more. Mr. Florence’s cookbooks, restaurants and signature line of cookware have cemented him as a preeminent influence in American cuisine.


The Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington is North Carolina’s only single gender public charter school. With a focus on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps among low income families, the 6th thru 12th grade school is part of a nationwide network of 19 groundbreaking and successful single-gender schools. This Young Women’s Leadership Network is guided by a proven educational model focused on academic rigor, personal responsibility, leadership and college preparedness. At GLOW Academy, she will: graduate, go to college and succeed in life. For more information about GLOW Academy, visit


Margee Herring