Long Beach High School sponsored by Hard Rock Biloxi
Demetria Brown is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Long Beach High School in Long Beach, MS. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi for her undergraduate and graduate programs Healthcare Management and Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Administration. She received her teaching certificate from Mississippi State University’s RCU alternate route program. During her time at Long Beach High School, Brown established the Family and Consumer Science Career & Entrepreneurship Center to help students explore family and consumer science related careers and entrepreneurship opportunities in the fields of culinary, restauranteur, finance, marketing, retail, management, research and development, and early childhood. Currently, the center is home to award winning micro-companies Paw Pastries, Paw Pastries Novelty & Gifts and The Artisan Kitchen. Students manage the "front and back" for each venue. The classroom serves as an incubator to assist students with research and development of their own micro-enterprises. In the Spring of 2020, students will launch Family and Consumer Science online store. In the 2020-2021 school year, their mission is to launch a farmers market for teachers, staff and students. Under her leadership, students have the opportunity to develop their skills in business, technology, communication, leadership and teamwork in a classroom setting and earn while they learn. In addition, she has assisted 62 students with becoming employed and helped secure over $50,000 in scholarships. Most recently, Brown was selected as Long Beach High School's 2019 Teacher Of The Year.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Kevin Truong, Executive Chef, joined the Hard Rock band in January of 2019. He played an instrumental role in the redesign of the Satisfaction Buffet last year. All dishes in Satisfaction Buffet are made from scratch including: BBQ shrimp, grits and grillades, beef short rib with a red wine glaze, risotto, Korean ribs, and more. He formally began his career over ten years ago at the Palace Casino as the Executive Sous Chef. He has since held several chef positions and even performed some consultations for numerous restaurants.
A native of Biloxi, Chef Kevin has been in the kitchen since he was a child and credits his diverse family for his style of cooking. His mother was from Minnesota with an Irish and German background; his father was from Vietnam; and his stepfather, who is African American, was from New Jersey but with Mississippi roots. These three amazing culinary cultures are found in many of Chef’s dishes.
Chef Kevin is excited that this year’s theme is about going back in time when our food came straight from the farm and we cooked from scratch. When Chef Kevin was young, he shrimped with his father in the Gulf of Mexico and learned the concept of “Sea to Table”. His family taught him how to cook from scratch with raw ingredients and he is affectionately known as the “Scratch Chef”. He enjoys learning new concepts and styles and incorporates them into his menus.
Kevin and his partner have five children and he loves being with them during his spare time. He also enjoys fishing and is very competitive in sports.