Chef Brian Lumley Biography

say the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Jamaican
gourmet prodigy Brian Lumley has been making his mark on the regional culinary
landscape over recent years.

tutelage began at the Heart Academy, Runaway Bay where he graduated at Level II
of the joint Culinary Institute of America program becoming a certified Chef de
Cuisine. He has worked in a number of top hotel chains throughout the island as
well as the highly acclaimed Italian Restaurant – Evita’s. In 2008 Chef Lumley
was commissioned by the Embassy of France to fill the position of Personal chef
to the French Ambassador, a role he considers to have greatly contributed to
his professional prowess.

quizzed about his inspiration he quickly states: “My mother. She is my main
motivation and my very first teacher in the kitchen.” 

established the chef as Managing Director of Foodie Focused Limited and its
flagship event – Foodies Lyme- the first partnership between the charismatic
chef and his younger sister Stephanie. 
Since its inaugural staging in July of
that year, the event has received positive reviews from both corporate Jamaica
and patrons alike. Foodies Lyme is considered an “important innovation in the
local culinary landscape” by lifestyle editor at the Jamaica Observer – Novia

the sibling team exhibited at the Mecca of local food exhibitions, the Observer
Food awards for two consecutive years (2010-2011) where he was nominated for
both Chef and Caterer of the Year awards and won Chef On the Rise 2012 at the
14th staging of Observer Food Awards in May of that year.

led to several television appearances and local magazine features such as
interviews on leading morning time shows: “Smile Jamaica”, “On A
Personal Note”, “Buzzz Magazine” and “College
Lifestyle” along with numerous newspaper articles cementing Chef Brian
Lumley’s reputation as a young dynamo and one to watch.

2012 also produced another winning collaborative project between the sibling
pair dubbed “Budding Chefs”- a culinary workshop for kids ages 4-12 where they
learnt how to create healthy recipes on their own in the kitchen.


Lumley has produced outstanding performances such as winning the coveted Taste of
Jamaica’s “Chef of the Year” award twice in 2008 and 2012– the
youngest ever chef to win this prestigious honor- at ages 21 and 25. 
He joined
forces with the Jamaica national culinary team and competed at 2009 staging of
Taste of Caribbean held in Puerto Rico copping a team gold medal while Chef
Lumley won a personal bronze. He returned in 2010 to the Taste of Jamaica
culinary competition where he was awarded the Hans Schenk prize for “Most
Innovative Use of Caribbean Ingredients” as well as a personal silver medal.

saw the young prodigy earning the top individual prize of “Caribbean Chef
of the Year” at the Taste of the Caribbean’s regional culinary showcase
which he aptly described as “the best moment of my life.” An award of
this magnitude has not been won by a Jamaican chef since 1999.

while the iron is hot, the chef cum entreprenuer officially opened the doors to
his own eatery called 689 by Brian Lumley to much critical acclaim. 
The menu
truly embodies the easy sophistication and authentic Caribbean vibe that
naturally comes from Jamaica’s favourite chef.

He’s not
done yet. He aspires to work alongside top chefs in Europe in the future
continuing his journey and achieving top certification as an Executive Chef.

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