Former 'Top Chef' contestant Tiffany Derry will open Roots Chicken Shak in Mueller H-E-B food hall

Roots Chicken Shak will open in a food hall inside H-E-B's Mueller location in late August. This will be the first Austin restaurant for Dallas-based chef Tiffany Derry. (Courtesy Tiffany Derry)
Roots Chicken Shak will open in a food hall inside H-E-B's Mueller location in late August. This will be the first Austin restaurant for Dallas-based chef Tiffany Derry. (Courtesy Tiffany Derry)

Roots Chicken Shak will open in a food hall inside H-E-B's Mueller location in late August. This will be the first Austin restaurant for Dallas-based chef Tiffany Derry. (Courtesy Tiffany Derry)

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Chef Tiffany Derry (Courtesy Tiffany Derry)
Dallas chef Tiffany Derry will be opening her first Austin restaurant in late August with Roots Chicken Shak, located in the forthcoming food hall H-E-B’s Mueller location, 1801 E. 51st St., Austin.

After appearing on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All-Stars,” Derry has gone on to appear on several other TV shows as an expert and judge. Derry also sits on the James Beard Foundation Impact Advisory Board and acts as an ambassador for the foundation’s food waste initiative, according to her website.

In 2017, she opened the first Roots Chicken Shak, a duck fat fried chicken restaurant, in Plano at Legacy Hall.

The restaurant will be part of a new food hall and bar coming to the Mueller H-E-B, which opened in 2013. The food hall will also include restaurants serving barbecue, tacos, Japanese rice and noodle dishes, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

According to a media release, H-E-B will make donations in August when the food hall opens to Urban Roots, an urban farm and youth leadership organization, as well as the The William B. Travis Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Travis Early College High School.


H-E-B: 512-474-2199. www.heb.com
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at [email protected]


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