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Shari Dragovich

is a freelance
writer whose work
appears in regional
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the Southeast. Her
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and all things wine.
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MAY/JUNE 2019

A Worthy Goal
Frankie Rowland's
driving ambition is the
perfectly prepared
steak every single time.

Charles Brown, executive chef
at Frankie Rowland's, likens the
restaurant to an early 20th Century,
big cit y, swanky, pear ls and
pinstripes kind of place.
"You could almost see Al Capone
sittin' back there at table 51," Brown
says, pointing to the back corner of
the wood-paneled, fine linen, lowlit restaurant.
Brown, a Roanoke native,
has been working in Roanoke's
restaurants for 19 years. On the
day he turned 16, Brown took his
first job as a dishwasher at South
County's Wildwood Smokehouse.
He says he was terrible at it for a
long time. But he stuck with it and
eventually something clicked.
Over the course of his career,
Brown has ser ved in many of
the Valley's restaurants on both
sides: kitchen and hospitality.
His progression to executive chef
was not without its backward
steps, but over time, Brown says
he's been fortunate to have some
excellent mentors and opportunities
creating building blocks to Frankie
Rowland's.
"It 's the personality of the
restaurant that caught me," says
Brown, speaking of the restaurant
world as a living, breathing being.
"It 's that controlled chaos and
getting to interact with lots of
different people on a regular basis."
W hen it comes to Frankie
Rowland's, Brown thinks his greatest
offerings are his organizational
skills and coolness under pressure.
He readily admits to having a young
chef under him more talented than
he. Brown sees this as an asset. He
loves the collaborative effort with
his chef team as they work to create
the Frankie Rowland's fine dining
experience.

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