Riffs & Recipes: Chef Rome & Rob Morrow

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Host Katie Hamilton Shaffer is joined by Chef Rome & actor/musician Rob Morrow for a special installment at the Napa Valley Film Festival as they go beyond the guitar for an intimate experience and jam session where riff meets the recipe.

is an American actor and director. He is known for his portrayal of Dr. Joel Fleischman on Northern Exposure, a role that garnered him three Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, and later for his role as FBI agent Don Eppes on Numb3rs. Aside from Rob’s acting career on camera, this has also led him to the stage as a talented musician. Touring as “Rob Morrow Band”, the band’s use of various textures and tonality revealed their mastery and skills on their respective instruments.

It all began for Jerome Brown at Gardener’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 Gardener’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 as Chef Rome –“Personal Chef to the Stars”.

After high school, Chef Rome enlisted in the US 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. Although he was not placed at Benvenue Country Club on a college externship like many of the aspiring Chef’s with whom he shared a kitchen, once again, Chef Rome excelled. 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 ‘can do’ 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 started Chef to the Stars, a chef placement service that, to date has successfully placed more than seventy-five top chefs in celebrity homes. His command of the culinary arts extends far beyond the magic he creates in the kitchen. In 2001, he was commissioned by former NBA star Isaac Austin to consult on the opening of his restaurant. Chef Rome single handedly created the menu, designed the floor plan and synthesized the operation, management and overall flow of the kitchen. So, it was no surprise when his services were soon in high demand.

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