Get to Know Chef James “J.B.” Brown

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Chef James Brown, A.A.C., recently received a special service award from the American Academy Of Chefs (AAC). Being that he is a veteran, November is the perfect month to get to know this award-winning, world-renowned chef we all call “J.B.”

His dedication runs deep with more than 28 years and a multitude of positions between ACF Chefs Las Vegas and ACF Chefs national. J.B. was part of the accreditation team that completes site visits at culinary schools for the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation in the Western Region. 

J.B. continues to be a steadfast promoter of the education of all culinarians by mentoring culinarians, and students seeking a future in the culinary industry – even in “retirement”. 

Kicking off from Portland, Oregon, this guy traveled the world of cooking building a repertoire of over 200 different styles of cuisine during his 55+ years in the culinary industry. 

Landing in Sin City in 1989, J.B. assisted the culinary team at the famous Excalibur Hotel and Casino, dishing out 32,000 meals daily. He then opened the Sands Expo and Convention Center as its Executive Chef. While there, he served at three Comdex conventions, the largest trade show in the United states from 1984-2001. It dominated with over 250,000 delegates and meals in a five day period. In 1993 J.B. founded Catering By the Chefs Inc. which he sold in 2000. He is currently retired, but slinging pulled meats as President of “Chef JB’S Badlands BBQ”.

His passion is cooking, ACF and Las Vegas. Check out some of J.B.’s accolades and positions!

  • First Apprentice for On The Job Training for Chefs G.I. Bill 1973
  • Hotel & Motel Association of Oklahoma Chef of the Year 1984
  • Hosted and Chaired the first Chef and Child Gourmet Auction 1991
  • Nation Little Oscar Award 1992
  • Western Regional Director of Chef and Child 1992-1994
  • Western Regional Chair of By Laws & Resolutions 1998-2000
  • National Presidential Medallion for Service 1998
  • American Academy of Chefs Inductee, Chicago 1999
  • Master Grad Repoire Leadership International, 2002
  • Celebrity Chef “Bar Rescue”, 2013

J.B. was one of seven founders of Chef for Kids, a Nevada non-profit dedicated to alleviating malnutrition and hunger through education and awareness. 

Besides giving back to Chefs for Kids, J.B. dedicates time to many military groups including Nevada National Guard, US Army Reserve, Nellis Air Force Base, Disabled American Veterans Group, Veterans Village, and Veterans Care Foundation.  

“These groups are especially close to my heart because as a 100% disabled Veteran I want to show compassion, gratitude and service to the men and women in uniform,” J.B. says. 

Here’s one way you can support J.B. and Veterans this November.  He is looking for a few volunteers to cook chili and chefs to help with judging for this fundraiser helping veterans and their families.

Event: Chili Cook-Off benefiting Veterans Transition Resource Center 

Location: Rum Runner, 6658 S. Boulder HWY

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Contact: Chef JB Brown, 702-806-5141

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