RIDGELAND, Miss. - On Saturday, March 18th, Chef Simon Brown took the culinary helm as Chef de Cuisine at Seafood R’evolution, where he has served as executive sous chef since 2015. A native of Dundee, Scotland, Brown met his American wife, Jennifer, through a serendipitous turn of events while she was studying in Glasgow. The two moved to the United States in 2011, setting Brown up for a future serendipitous encounter a few years later with Chef John Folse and Chef Rick Tramonto.
“Simon is a great technician,” said Tramonto. “He has been the backbone of the Seafood R’evolution kitchen and worked to develop the menu pre-opening.”
Starting his culinary career as a dishwasher in Dundee, Scotland, at age 13, Brown worked his way up through the ranks to win Young Scottish Chef of the Year in 2008 and later to become the head chef at Glasgow’s top restaurant, La Vallee Blanche. Stateside he resided in West Monroe, LA, working his way through small town American kitchens and becoming the executive chef of several prominent restaurants. In 2014, he was recruited by Folse and Tramonto as part of Seafood R’evolution’s opening team.
“Simon is so passionate as a chef,” Folse said. “He is creative, diligent and you fall in love with the guy the minute he opens his mouth.”
Brown has embraced his new role in the restaurant with gusto. “I could not be more excited to lead one of the finest of fine dining restaurants not only in Mississippi but in the country. The chefs are amazing, the team is amazing, and I could not be happier that Chef Folse and Chef Tramonto have entrusted me to lead this team.”
Brown has had the opportunity to travel with Folse and Tramonto on several culinary ventures including Naples Food and Wine Festival 2015 and 2016, Taste of Mississippi, and looks forward to catering many more private dinners around the country.
In just over two years Seafood R’evolution, located at Renaissance at Colony Park on Highland Colony Parkway, has won an array of honors. It was voted the Clarion Ledger’s People’s Choice “Best Seafood” and “Best Dining Experience.” Seafood R’evolution was also included as a “Best of Jackson 2016” finalist in the following categories: “Best Brunch;” “Best New Restaurant;” “Best Seafood;” “Best Gumbo;” and “Best Wait Person” (Josh Rushing). It also earned the “Best Seafood Restaurant” title in the Clarion Ledger’s “Mississippi’s Official People’s Choice Awards 2015.” In addition to multiple Open Table “Diner’s Choice Award” honors, Mississippi Magazine’s “Best of Mississippi” also awarded it “Best Seafood,” and a spot on the “M List” for “Best New Restaurant,” “Best Seafood Restaurant” and “Best Fine Dining Restaurant” in the state of Mississippi.
Seafood R’evolution is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit seafoodrevolution.com or call 601-853-3474.
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