Chef Tyler Anderson of Millwrights - Biography

Simsbury, CT

February 2012

Celebrating Tyler Anderson’s local, seasonally-inspired cuisine, a food writer once wrote that the chef cooked “from the ground up.” He respects and supports Connecticut’s farmers and artisan food producers, believing that locally – and lovingly – raised ingredients play an essential role in his kitchen. In his hands, the freshness factor elevates Millwright’s regional New England menu, rooted in tradition but updated for a modern audience.

A California native, Tyler was only 16 years old when began to learn his craft in restaurant kitchens. Each experience helped to develop his culinary skills, his palate and, eventually, a personal cooking style. Tyler has been mentored by some of the best Chef’s in the business and has worked all across the country.

His love of seasonal cooking eventually brought him to Connecticut where the farmers, food artisans and fisherman truly inspired him. While at the Copper Beech Inn in Essex, CT, Tyler received a perfect scoring five star review from Hartford Magazine and The Copper Beech was consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the state by Connecticut Magazine.

In 2012 Tyler fulfilled his longtime dream of becoming a restaurant owner, opening Millwright’s Restaurant and Tavern in Simsbury, Ct, where he crafts inspired New England Cuisine.  Now as the Chef/Owner of Millwright’s and the newly opened TheCook&TheBear (BBQ) in West Hartford, Ct.. Tyler and his talented culinary team continue to draw inspiration from locally-grown ingredients and artisan-produced foods. They also can and preserve summer’s harvest at the peak of its freshness for use during the winter months.

Tyler and his team received perfect reviews for Millwright’s from The New York Times, Connecticut  Magazine and Hartford Magazine. Tyler was also named Chef of the Year for 2014 by the CT Restaurant Association. Tyler has also been nominated four times for The James Beard Foundations Best Chef Northeast Award (2014-2017).

Tyler is involved in many philanthropic works some of which are The American Liver Foundation, Ct. Farmland Trust, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Tyler is also the Chef Chair for The Taste of the Nation Hartford event supporting Share our Strength in their fight against childhood hunger.