The Exclusive Blacklist 2017


Featuring Special Guest Appearance by
Rahman “Chef Rock” Harper!

Rahman “Chef Rock” Harper is a passionate, driven and creative chef on a quest to crafting quality meals in between tradition and innovation.

Ever since he was a teenager, Rock has been drawn to the culinary arts, discovering cooking as a powerful outlet and later, turning it into a career. Following his graduation with from at the Johnson and Wales University, Rock went on to take his first steps within the ever so competitive restaurant business, steadily earning a solid reputation not only on the grounds of his passion and talent, but also due to his professionalism, reliability and integrity.

Widely known as “Chef Rock” following his appearance on hit TV show Hell’s Kitchen (hosted by renowned celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay), Chef Rock went on to win the third season of Fox’s hit show, gaining major visibility as well as expanding his work in order to cater to the entire community through writing and educational projects aimed to raise awareness on the importance of healthy eating habits, particularly for kids and parents looking to improve the quality of their lives.

As an entrepreneur within the food industry, Chef Rock recently launched his own imprint, RockSolid Creative Food Group, LLC – on a mission to inspire, share and educate people through the power of great food: something that binds us together, regardless of our background!


Event Details


Host Hotel: Crowne Plaza of Richmond (555 E. Canal Street). Guestrooms are $139 per night.
Prices are a la carte: The Exclusive Blacklist 2017, February 10th – $75, includes wine tasting, souvenir glass, heavy hors d’ouerves, and live jazz. 7:00 pm.


  • Brunch @ Spoon Bread Bistro
    February 11th – $50, includes 4 courses and wines. 10:00 am to noon.
  • Cuisine Noir’s “Behind the Business – East” Conference @ Crowne Plaza
    February 11th – $45, includes workshops and reception. Crowne Plaza Richmond Hotel. 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.


  • Entrances to Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse and Rhythm Hall are located on Grace Street in between 6th and 7th Streets.
  • An Evening with James “Saxsmo” Gates @ CenterStage
    February 11th – $25. The Gottwald Playhouse at CenterStage. 8:00pm (Tickets go on sale December 15th on the CenterStage Website) Package for all Events: $175 (excluding hotel)

Our Sponsors