Celebrity chef joins Event Center


Jerome Brown


From Staff Reports

Saturday, April 27, 2019

A celebrity chef who caters to celebrities has returned home to take over the kitchen at the Rocky Mount Event Center.

Chef Jerome Brown, a master culinary craftsman who got his start locally at Gardner's Barbecue, has been hired as chief cook for the Event Center.

“I am the liaison between the food and the people," Brown said. "Great service is long remembered after a good meal. Let's raise the bar."

Brown, a Rocky Mount native, has more than 30 years of cooking experience. Over the course of his career, Brown, commonly known as Chef Rome, has been the chef to well-known celebrities such as Colin Powell, Shaquille O’Neal, Priscilla Presley, Star Jones, Nancy Kerrigan, the King of Sweden and many others.

“The Rocky Mount Event Center catering team is excited to have Chef Rome join our team. With the combined experience we have in the catering and food and beverage department, we are looking forward to all of our future events. Chef Rome is sure to be an asset to the department and the event center,” said Janna Major, the Event Center's catering and sales manager.

For the past seven years, Brown has been a featured celebrity chef at the prestigious Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with other prestigious names such as Cat Cora, Robert Irvine and Rock Harper. He's also been featured at the Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest outdoor food festival. In 2011, Brown was a featured guest in season one of Food Network’s reality show “Extreme Chef.”

Brown is also the author of two cookbooks "Eat Like A Celebrity," which was awarded 2014 Cookbook of the Year by the African American Literary Award Show, and "Carolina Soul."

The Rocky Mount Event Center opened in October and is managed by the Florida-based Sports Facilities Management.