Sunday, November 3, 2013
Meet Chef Kimberly Brock Brown, One of Cupcake Camp Charleston's Judges this year!
Chef Kimberly Brock Brown was born and raised in Chicago and has over 25 years experience within the culinary arena and is currently the Executive Chef at a major hospital within the Charleston area. During her culinary journey as a Chef's Apprentice Graduate in 1984, she worked in the kitchens of Hyatt Regency Hotels in Dallas, TX & Hilton Head Island, SC, Atlanta Hilton and Towers in Atlanta,GA, Grove Park Inn and Country Club in Asheville, NC and Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, SC. She is also a Dale Carnegie graduate and has cooked at the prestigous James Beard House in New York city.
In 2001, Chef Kimberly started a wholesale specialty foods distributing company. In 2009, she wanted to get back to the basics with her culinary expertise and started Culinary Concepts, LLC for catering and other services.
Through the American Culinary Federation, Chef Kimberly has earned several certifications & awards. She is a member of the American Academy of Chefs (AAC), the Honor Society of the ACF, and founding member of the ACF National Pastry and Baking Guild. Chef Kimberly is currently the Academy's only African-American Female Chef inducted in its 30-plus year history and is the only African-American Female Certified Pastry Chef in South Carolina. In recognition of her dedication to her craft, the joy of teaching and helping others, and love of cooking, Chef Kimberly was awarded a Lifetime Professional Membership in the ACF in 2007.
In her off time of running her own business and being a devoted mother, Kimberly has been a Culinary Arts adjunct teacher for Johnson & Wales University and The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College. She is a participating chef with the White House's First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative for Chefs Move to Schools program. Recently, Chef Kimberly has written a new book titled, Here I Am!: Chef Kimberly's Answer to the Question Where Are the Female and Minority Chefs? available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Biography courtesy of www.kimberlybrockbrown.net