Mount Pleasant, SC (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
In her new book “Here I Am!: Chef Kimberly's Answer to the Question ‘Where are the Female and Minority Chefs?’” (published by AuthorHouse), Author and Chef Kimberly Brock Brown shares her story of overcoming the odds and becoming one of the few African-American female executive chefs.
Concerned that there are too few female or African-American chefs working today, Brown shares her inspirational story – and some recipes – to encourage others to follow in her footsteps. She reveals the details of her trying journey to become an executive pastry chef in what she identifies as a surprisingly male-dominated field.
“You are not alone,” she says to aspiring minority and women chefs. She describes how perseverance and a can-do attitude allowed her to find success despite the obstacles she faced. “You have to show up and be ready to learn and produce in this hard and sometimes thankless profession,” she says. “Passion and opportunity are vital to you not only surviving but succeeding.”
Brown says that her motivational work is not over with this book, but she hopes it can begin to make changes in the industry. “Women still are not paid equally and are not getting the opportunities to advance in this profession,” she says. “The majority of culinary students are female, yet the majority of executives in charge are men. Seeing someone like themselves as a successful executive chef and certified executive pastry chef gives women and minorities hope and motivation to realize their potential and live their dreams.”
About the Author
Chef Kimberly Brock Brown, CEPC, CCA, ACE, AAC, became the only African-American inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, the Honor Society of the American Culinary Federation in 2003. She is South Carolina’s only African-American certified executive pastry chef and is also an approved culinary examiner and certified culinary administrator. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and she worked hard to become an executive chef, speaker, food demonstrator, culinary instructor and mentor to aspiring junior chefs. Brown strives to be a leader to women and minority cooks, taking opportunities to appear in magazines and newspaper articles, on local television and in social media. She is the mother of two children, Bianca and Brock, and she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time on the beach, at the spa and playing board and card games. She is a certified communicator with Toast Masters International and is an active member of the YMCA Yakkers, a local club in Summerville, S.C. in which she is the current vice president of education. More information can be found at http://www.kimberlybrockbrown.net.
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