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Chef Kimberly Brock Brown CEPC, CCA, ACE, AAC

Chef Kimberly Brock Brown
has over 25 years experience within the culinary arena and is currently the Executive Chef at a major hospital within the Charleston area. Chef Kimberly 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.

In 2009, Chef Kimberly wanted to get back to basics with her Culinary expertise and started Culinary Concepts, LLC for catering and other services after selling her shares. 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 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.