DNA Dinners is a ground-breaking new series that explores the diverse heritages of 16 individuals as they discover their roots through Ancestry DNA analysis and celebrate them through cooking. In each episode, host Tyrone Edwards surprises one individual with the results of their Ancestry DNA test. Alongside an expert chef, this person then explores their new background and creates a delicious dish that beautifully blends the unique flavours and ingredients of their two cultures. The meal is then shared with the individual’s family at a party where they celebrate their newfound heritage.
Tyrone Edwards got his start in television as the host of Rap City, before becoming a host on Much and E!, where he also hosted the Much Icons social media series, and co-hosted It List: California, the annual E! travel special. Earlier this year, Tyrone brought his extensive pop culture knowledge to Canada’s most-watched entertainment program, joining etalk as a reporter.
Tyrone can also be seen in the TSN original social media series 6ix Degrees, and most recently, became the host of the all-new Gusto original cooking series, DNA Dinners.
Having grown up in Toronto’s west end, Tyrone travelled to the US during high school to play basketball at Randallstown High School in Baltimore, Maryland. From there, a scholarship presented him with the opportunity to attend Hillsdale College in Michigan, where he played NCAA basketball while studying Business and Speech. While Tyrone’s career was taking off in the US, his heart was always rooted in Toronto and, in 2005, he returned to the city he loves. In 2007, he helped create the love letter to Toronto that is the 1LoveTO blog, a project that ultimately led him to join Much in 2011.
Off screen, Tyrone is heavily involved in his community, acting as a mentor and coach for underprivileged youth. Having once worked as a camp counselor with Toronto Parks and Recreation, Tyrone went on to found Concrete Hoops, a not-for-profit basketball camp that aims to incorporate life skills with the love of the game. He has also been a program leader with the urban youth-oriented Remix Project, an organization which helps kids from all 13 priority neighbourhoods in Toronto learn the fundamentals of the arts and entertainment business, and assists them in their educational aspirations.
In honour of his work as a television host and with numerous charities and foundations supporting underprivileged youth, Tyrone received the 2016 Mandela Legacy Hope, Success, and Empowerment Award, alongside Naomi Campbell, and Reverend Al Sharpton.