Chef Kimberly Brock Brown was born and raised in Chicago, IL. As a Chef’s Apprentice Graduate in 1984, Chef Kimberly’s culinary journey has taken her to work in kitchens in Dallas, TX; Hilton Head Island, SC; Atlanta, GA; Asheville, NC; and Charleston, SC. In 2001, Chef Kimberly started a wholesale specialty foods distributing company, Food Fetish, Inc.
Through the American Culinary Federation, Chef Kimberly has earned the following certifications: CEPC- Certified Executive Pastry Chef; CCA-Certified Culinary Administrator; ACE- Approved Culinary Examiner. Chef Kimberly is also a member of the AAC: American Academy of Chefs, the Honor Society of the ACF. Chef Kimberly is currently the Academy’s only African-American Female Chef inducted in its 30+ year history, and is the only African-American Female Certified Executive Pastry Chef in South Carolina.
Chef Kimberly was a Founding Member of the ACF-National Pastry and Baking Guild, a Dale Carnegie graduate, Greater Charleston Chef of the Year:1999, Greater Charleston Member of the Year: 2008, Winner of a Bronze Medal-;1990 and a Silver Medal- 1991; in The Gulf of Mexico Seafood Challenge. As a part of Team South Carolina in 2002, ’03, & ’04, Chef Kimberly was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Culinary Super-Challenge in Orlando, FL.
As 1 of only 5 Approved Culinary Examiner’s in South Carolina, Chef Kimberly is empowered with the ability to educate, train, grade and proctor to students, cooks and chefs as they strive to learn their craft and become proficient chefs through written and practical cooking exams.
In her off-time from running her own new business, Culinary Concepts, LLC, and being a devoted mother to her children, Chef Kimberly has been a Culinary Arts adjunct teacher for Johnson & Wales University and Trident Technical College. 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.
If you could have dinner with any three people who would it be and why?
My father Clifton Brock who died in 1978. The US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. My yet tbd future husband.
Someone who I loved and missed. Someone who is important in my life now. Someone who is loved and important in my future.
Hot, humid and reallllllly sticky! The students are all coming back to campus. The catering department is in the weeds. We have feed 2000 students three meals a day since Monday and will continue through Friday. Not to mention the all the other catering events. Fortunately I thrive on stress like many of us chef types. Nice to hear from you Kimberly.
Chef, sorry for the delay in responding. I have been running back a forth in transition from the Fed to APS.
As far as the ACF, I would say kind of a non-issue for me. I am not in a lot of the circle, which seems to really benefit those who are. It's funny when I go to some of the local meetings and everyone is looking at me like I am a student and keep walking instead of networking.
Honestly I have worked in the quad city area for twenty years and have never heard of any body being involed with the acf I personly know over twent chefs in my area and none of them is invold with the acf.......now on the other hand I am in mylast year of culinary school and I have paid my dues to the acf for school but do not know of an actibe chapter locally