Chef / Owner
Chef Tyler Anderson started his Culinary career at the age of sixteen, working in a range of well respected kitchens throughout California and Chicago. During this time Tyler had the opportunity to cook with some of the best Chefs in the Country.
Tyler opened his first restaurant Millwright’s in Simsbury, CT in 2012. Paying homage to strong New England traditions, Millwright’s prides itself on local purchasing and utilizing ingredients from the 11 acre farm that it will manage this year. Millwright’s has received perfect reviews from The New York Times, CT Magazine and Hartford Magazine, becoming one of the most award winning restaurants in the history of Connecticut restaurants.
His second venture, TheCook&TheBear in West Hartford, CT transported Tyler into the world of casual dining. TheCook&TheBear is a delicious collaboration between Tyler and famed Pitmaster Jamie MacDonald, and is the epitome of chef inspired BBQ. The result has been a perfect marriage of two acclaimed Chef’s expertise. The restaurant opened in mid 2017 and was named Best New Restaurant (in state) by CT Magazine.
Tyler and his team most recently opened Porrón&Piña, a Spanish inspired restaurant and wine bar in the historic Goodwin Hotel in Hartford, CT in 2018. His team handles all food and beverage for the entire hotel, including all functions, a donut and coffee shop, and a throwback cocktail bar. Tyler also has plans to create an accredited hospitality and Culinary program in the hotel, adding an educational element that will shape young Chefs and replicate the same sort of experience that inspired him at sixteen.
Tyler has twice been named Chef of the Year in Connecticut by the CT Restaurant Association. He has been nominated as Best Chef Northeast from the James Beard Foundation for the last four years in a row (2013-17). He was a Cheftestant on the most recent season of Bravo’s Top Chef, and also appeared (and won) on Food Network’s Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. Tyler supports many charities including Share our Strength (a national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States, of which he’s been the Hartford Chair for the past four years), as well as The American Liver Foundation, March of Dimes, and numerous others.