"Here I Am" written by Chef Kimberly Brock Brown, challenges readers to confront relevant issues that often make or break a woman's attempt to reach the highest level in the work place. Chef Kimberly Brock Brown has launched the Here I Am radio show. A fast paced caller driven program that presents a scrumptious blend of food, family and business to whet your appetite and soothe your soul. www.chefbrockbrown.com
People are noticing and commenting on the plight of the minority chef. Culinary classes are filled with women, yet the leadership in our kitchen brigades does not reflect this. Are the women not getting the opportunity or are they just not taking it? You have to find your strength and courage to step out on your ability to succeed and lead.
I was asked how one becomes a chef if you have never been one. Experience and awareness is the answer.
Being aware and experiencing the work ethics of the kitchen you are in, puts you in daily training for success if you are open to it. We all have to start somewhere, the key is to start!
Take the lessons given and keep on stepping up to your highest potential.
It can happen if you plan the work and work the plan.
Do not believe me? Well, Here I Am.
In 2003, Chef Kimberly became the only African American female inducted into the 57 year old American Academy of Chefs, the Honor Society of the American Culinary Federation. As South Carolina’s only African American Certified Executive Pastry Chef, Approved Culinary Examiner and Certified Culinary Administrator, Chef Kimberly Brock Brown’s storied career started with the humblest beginnings of high school Home Economics classes in the Chicago suburbs to being an Executive Chef, Speaker, Food Demonstrator, Culinary Instructor and mentor to aspiring junior culinarians. Through her many magazine and newspaper articles, local television appearances, and social media entities, Chef Kimberly aspires to motivate and encourage all, but particularly women and minority cooks and chefs to step up and reach their fullest potential by seeking leadership roles and positions that sets them up for success. Mother to two foodies Bianca & Brock, caretaker of Blackie the family cat, sister to Cheryl, Judy & Paul, auntie to a niece & nephew and girlfriend to a few phenomenal women, Chef Kimberly loves to travel, read, spend time on the beach and at the spa, play board and card games, is a Certified Communicator with Toast Masters International and is active in one of the local clubs, the YMCA Yakkers where she is the current Vice President of Education.