Culinary Arts & Events Liaison
Chef Clifford Rome is a native Chicagoan from Englewood, where he began his early career at Midway Concessionaires and Marriott Corporation where he was charged with event planning and operations. Cliff’s career took a turn toward fine dining, working with renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck and François Kwaku-Dongo at Spago Restaurant, as a line chef and member of their catering team—creating meals for the social elite, commercial photo shoots and Oscar parties.
Chef Rome had an opportunity to study culinary arts in Paris and later serve as a culinary consultant on a privately-owned yacht, for over a year, while sailing the Caribbean. From 1998-2003, Chef Rome was one of five chefs selected to work at the Cannes International Film Festival’s American Pavilion—alongside master chefs Roger Verge, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali and Todd English. In 2002,
Cliff is the Co-Owner of 4 Restaurant and Event Planning venues in Bronzeville. Chef Rome founded Rome’s Joy Companies, which boasts a business portfolio that includes two restaurants, a full-service catering and event-planning company, a fine art gallery and the Parkway Ballroom—a historic banquet facility located in the heart of Chicago's Bronzeville community.
With more than 20 years experience Chef Rome has received numerous awards and recognition from local, national and international media including frequent television appearances as well as features in Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post and Black Enterprise magazine.
Chef Rome is committed to involving African Americans in the culinary field and has partnered with Culinary Through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), After School Matters, Healthy Schools Campaign, YMCA, Education to Careers and Washburne Culinary where he serves as Board President.