2018 StarChefs D.C.-Chesapeake Rising Star Chef Jerome Grant of Sweet Home Cafe

2018 StarChefs D.C.-Chesapeake Rising Star Chef Jerome Grant of Sweet Home Cafe
November 2018

Sweet Home Cafe
1400 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20560



Philippines-born Jerome Grant grew up mostly in the United States—New York, Oklahoma, California, and Maryland—and picked up the basics of Filipino cuisine from his mother and the Caribbean flavors of his Jamaican heritage from his paternal grandparents. In Prince George’s County, he attended Oxon Hill High School and learned the local flavors of the Washington, D.C. area. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Grant moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he gained his first critical notices while helming the Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort. The following year, he opened The Mix Lounge as chef-partner.

Back stateside, Grant accepted an executive sous chef position at Urbana Restaurant in Washington, D.C. In 2008, he joined Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian as sous chef, helping the team earn a 2012 RAMMY award for “Best Casual Restaurant.” After a stint as the food and beverage director of the Smithsonian Castle, Grant returned to Mitsitam Cafe as executive chef. 

In 2016, he was the inaugural executive chef of Sweet Home Café at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which received a James Beard Award nomination for “Best New Restaurant” in 2017. At Sweet Home Café, Grant’s menu presents the rich culture and history of African Americans and is organized geographically to highlight traditional, authentic dishes from the Agricultural South, Creole Coast, North States, and Western Range.

Grant is a contributor to the Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American, published in fall 2018.