Story #027 – Kimberly Brock Brown

NAME: Kimberly Brock Brown




Kimberly Brock Brown was born in Chicago, Illinois & raised in the western suburb of Maywood. Cooking has always been a part of her story. Because snow & cold are four letter words, Kimberly decided to stay in the warmth of the South to hone her skills and develop her culinary career. Beginning in Dallas, TX and settling down in Charleston, SC, Kimberly has been blessed to achieve and receive, and to pay it forward to our future culinary leaders.

In 2009, Chef Brock started Culinary Concepts, LLC for catering, demonstrations, and other related services, but he career is sprinkled with highlights including appearing on television as a celebrity chef expert teaching healthy cooking techniques, being a featured pastry chef at the famed James Beard House, and a founding member of the ACF National Pastry and Baking Guild. She is also the author of the book, “Here I am!”, and answer the question about where all the female and minority chefs are.

In 2017, Chef Brock made waves in the culinary world as the first and only African-American female elected to the board of the 90-year-old American Culinary Federation (ACF). She was re-elected for a second term in 2019 and is currently running for National President of the professional organization.

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