|Book Release April 10, 2018
Chef Rome on the Tom Joyner Morning Show cruise, April 29 - May 6, 2018
Author Chef Jerome Brown
To learn more about Chef Jerome Brown, click here. Press Release
It all began for Jerome Brown at Gardner's BBQ in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. As a teenager, he spent endless hours absorbing the wisdom shared by his mentors at this popular neighborhood restaurant. Jerome was a quick study in the kitchen and his confidence and skill set grew rapidly. He was a natural. Jerome had the ability to master any dish with the greatest of ease. All it took was a single lesson or a mere taste of a dish and he could recreate it to perfection. Those around him knew that Jerome had a special gift. After all, he dazzled his family with his very first creation at the tender age of seven - pancakes. It was the lessons learned at Gardner's BBQ and those taught by his mother and other elders in his family that would prepare Jerome for a heralded career in the culinary arts as Chef Rome -"Personal Chef to the Stars".
After high school, Chef Rome enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served his country and fellow soldiers in the kitchen. He traveled around the world perfecting his skills and expanding his repertoire to include international cuisine. After military service, Chef Rome returned to Rocky Mount. He began work at the upscale Benvenue Country Club and trained under renowned Executive Chef Larry Kennedy.
He soon learned of a single culinary opening at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and decided to take a chance. The odds were four hundred to one, but Chef Rome was neither intimidated nor deterred. And it was with that attitude that he shattered the odds by beating out the other three hundred ninety-nine applicants to win the position. For more than twenty years, Chef Rome has been working to master his craft. But along this journey, he has always maintained a sincere desire to help educate and empower young professionals in the field. In 2000, he created Chef to the Stars, a chef placement service that has successfully placed more than seventy-five top chefs in celebrity homes.
Chef Rome has shared his passion for cuisine with a variety of A list entertainers, dignitaries and elite professional athletes such as Colin Powell, Shaquille O'Neal, Priscilla Presley, Star Jones, Raymond Felton, Lamman Rucker, Carl Gustaf (King of Sweden), Byron Cage, Mike Bibby and more.
He has been a featured African American celebrity chef for two consecutive years at the prestigious Epcot Food & Wine Festival showcasing alongside Cat Cora, Rock Harper and Robert Irvine. Chef Rome has also appeared at the Taste of Chicago, the world's largest outdoor food festival. His charisma and culinary talents have caught the eyes of television casting directors and talent producers. In 2011, he was cast in the premiere season of the Food Network's new 'reality show "Extreme Chef." That same year, he appeared in the US Army series "I've Got Skills" that aired on ESPN.