Meet Executive Chef Collin Brown

By: Team Pop Up Gourmet

Chef Collin Brown was incorporated in June 2008 as a fine dining restaurant, providing an idyllic place for those individuals wishing to experience the delights of Caribbean food  in elegant sophisticated surroundings.

Chef Collin Brown’s humble beginnings started in Trelawny, Jamaica, where he was born and raised. As a child, he enjoyed cooking and officially started his career at the age of sixteen at La Roose Restaurant, Port Henderson, St Catherine (April 1990 to March 1993). At La Roose, Collin became immersed in cooking with an unparalleled appetite for learning, which soon established him as a household name in the Port Henderson community. After his three years apprenticeship at La Roose, Collin set his sights for bigger and better and was rewarded with a position as Chef at Myrtles Restaurant, Grand Cayman (May 1994 to January 1996).

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Following this successful experience, his aunt (who is the Personal Chef of Harrison Ford) persuaded him to travel to the United Kingdom where he’s set up his catering company Ackee Ltd (February 1998 to October 2004) in the UK. Over the years Collin has created meals for an impressive list: P Diddy, Kelly Rowland, Prince Michael, The Rockefeller family, Angie Stone, and Christina Milian to name a few. All these celebrity clients had one thing in common, simply the desire to experience the unrivaled taste of Jamaican food with exotic flavours and texture, created from the fusion of the passed down generations of recipes from the indigenous folks who have inhabited the islands since the 14th Century.

In 2004 Chef  Brown was appointed Head Chef at ‘One Three Nine’ Restaurant in Soho, London (November 2004 to May 2005). Following this appointment, Chef  Brown  took on  the role of Director and Executive Chef at ‘Glistening Waters’ Restaurant, Brentford, Middlesex, London, (January 2006 to January 2007).

Chef Brown’s last venture before embarking on his life-long ambition of opening his own fine-dining restaurant was at The Lane in London’s hip and trendy ‘East-End’ just off  Brick Lane (January 2008 to January 2009).  At The Lane Collin can be remembered for providing the most talked about event of 2008 which was the infamous Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child fame’s birthday bash.

Collin’s latest venture snuggled in the corner of London’s Financial District in the Docklands area, located at 2 Yabsley Street, described by those who have recently visited as a paradise setting full of ambiance and tranquility, great place for the most discerning food critic and equally for those seeking,  love,  solitude,  entertainment,  relaxation or fixing a business deal.

This venture awarded him an AA Rosette which made him the first Caribbean Chef in the world to ever achieve such an award and one of the most prestigious award from the United Nation (UN) as culinary councillor, that then catapult Chef Brown to the top of his game in Europe which landed him one of the most iconic location in Europe, The UFO Tower which is located in Bratislava Slovakia.

Collin is now on the path to creating the first Michelin-starred Caribbean Restaurant so he decided to take the concept back to his homeland  Jamaica, where he decided to lease the Devonshire at Devon House to make it his signature Restaurant and also a Culinary  Institution. Whiles in Jamaica he was Commissioned by the Rockefeller Family in New York to cater for Mr. David Rockeffeller’s 98 Birthday dinner.

  • Caribbean Master Chef of The Year – 2004: Awarded by Le Salon Culinary International de Londres
  • Caribbean Chef of the Year – 2005: Awarded by the Caribbean Food and Drink Industry Association – Caribbean Cuisine Consortium.
  • Great Food Live TV – 2006
  • Caribbean Chef of the Year – 2006: Awarded by the Caribbean Food and Drink Industry Association – Caribbean Cuisine Consortium.
  • Appeared on one of the top food shows on TV:  “MARKET KITCHEN – 2007″
  • Ethnic Chef of the Year – 2010
  • Finalist at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards June – 2010
  • Restaurant of the Year finalist at the World Food Awards October – 2010
  • Appeared on Slovakian TV JOJ on show for successful people named Exclusive – 2010
  • Pop up restaurant at UFO Restaurant Bratislava
  •  Pop up restaurant at IL Bottaccio Chateaux, Tuscany Italy – 2010
  • Appeared  on Gordon Ramsays TV Show The F word – 2011
  • Pop up restaurant at Intercontinental 5-Star Hotel Geneva Switzerland – 2011
  • Pop up  restaurant at IL Bottaccio Chateaux in Italy – 2011
  • Cater for Smatts polo party, Barkshire England – 2011
  • AA Rosette Award – 2010 to 2012: The only Caribbean chef to receive this award.
  • Private dinner party for Prince Michael of Kensington Palace and his wife – 2011
  • United Nations Award for Culinary Services to the Caribbean – 2011
  • TV appearance on Kirsty and Phil’s Christmas Treats Channel 4 London – 2011
  • Guest spot on radio with Jeni Barnett (BBC Radio)
  • Catered for the Screen Nation Awards 2012
  • Catering at the Arsenal Emirates Stadium 2012
  • Projects for 2012 include the launching 5 sauces and a cake range, publishing his book and opening two new restaurants in London.
  • Selfridges has approached Collin with regards to a stand in their flagship London store. At present there are discussions underway regarding a television series as an appearance on Saturday kitchen.
  • Collin will be catering for the prestigious Polo for Heroes event in July as well as having a pop up restaurant in Jamaica House at the O2 during the Olympics
  • Designed and oversight of the menu at Jamaican Diamond Jubilee events at the Emirates and also at the Museum of London Production of highly acclaimed interactive website and cookery demonstration programme.
  • Impressive portfolio of national and international clientele
  • Mr David Rockefeller private dinner at the Rockefeller mansion NYC

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