Keep It Cookin' with Chef Dawn Tyson-Silvera

Meet the Chef

Hello, I'm Chef Dawn!

Let me tell you a little about myself.... I come to the table with 15+ years in the food industry, from baker to chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and everything in between.

I began my culinary journey in Baltimore, Maryland, where I had the privilege of launching A Little Place Called Siam (a fine dining Thai restaurant in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor) – from its opening to its five-star status in Baltimore newspapers and magazines. I learned the restaurant business from a French Culinary Institute graduate and James Beard Award winning Master Chef and restaurateur.

In 1996, I returned to New York and began working as a publicist for BMG/RCA Records. During this same time, I began catering and baking for artists, executives and coworkers. I liked it so much that I decided to start a catering business - Dawn’s Dish! 

What began as a small operation out of my home in upstate New York eventually grew into a critically acclaimed storefront cafe, and, after several years of working 80 hours per week doing what I loved, I decided to sell the cafe and move on. I made the decision with no regret because of the great lessons I learned along the way. And after that, I headed to work as a coordinator to the Culinary Institute of America, the Mecca of Food.

You may have read my articles as a Culinary Specialist for Taste of Home, or perhaps caught one of the live cooking shows I've done across America. EIther way, keep checking back here at for recipes, live events, blog posts. videos... you name it!

Stay tuned ---- More to come from Dawn's Dish!

Keep it Cookin'!
Chef Dawn