The show began as a secondary show for host Tyler Florence who was still making episodes of Food 911. At the time of its conception, Food Network became very active in creating traveling food shows. Tyler's Ultimate was unique in the regard that the host himself usually cooked on the program in addition to traveling. The original format of the show featured Tyler focusing on a particular dish for each episode. He would travel around the world to discover different versions of that dish, as well as its origins, in an attempt to discover the ultimate version of that dish. At the end of the episode, Florence would combine the recipes he learned through his travels and adding his own spin to create "the ultimate recipe," though some episodes simply had him eating the dish, not preparing it at all.
The show's format has changed; the traveling is removed as well as where the inspiration of the ultimate recipe came from, and Florence simply presents his version for the entire program, typically with more side dishes.
Fried chicken, burgers, spaghetti and meatballs – if you're going to have only one recipe for these crowd-pleasing classics, it might as well be the ultimate – Tyler's Ultimate. Between cooking in critically acclaimed restaurants, writing cookbooks and traveling the globe to feed his own insatiable appetite, Tyler Florence has experienced every conceivable approach to all of your favorite foods. Now he's drawing from the best of the best to present a visual cookbook of America's most beloved dishes.
- Tyler's Ultimate page at Food Network.com
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