Neal Brown has become well known as one of the top chefs of the Midwest. In 2007, Chef Brown’s restaurant L’explorateur, was voted “Best New Restaurant” by Indianapolis Monthly. He was also voted “Best Chef” by the same publication that same year. Neal has been awarded Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious “Forty under 40” award, designating him as one of forty of the years most innovative and influential businessmen in Indiana for 2007.
Neal sits on the advisory boards of The Chefs Academy, The Indiana Humanities Council, The Indianapolis Museum of Art and is the Co-Founder of The Dig In Foundation. The foundations beneficiary, A Taste of Indiana, is a local-centric food festival held annually that focuses on the health and economic benefits of supporting Indiana agriculture and restaurants. Neal is an active member of Slow Food USA’s Indiana Chapter and was selected as a delegate to represent Indianapolis at the bi-annual Terre Madre, a congregation that considers global food crises, food policy and global food biodiversity, in Torino Italy, in 2008. Neal is committed to preserving sustainable agricultural practices, and educating on the importance of good, early childhood dietary habits.
Currently, Neal is growing his newest restaurant venture Pizzology, which opened in Nov. of 2009 and was quickly awarded Best New Restaurant by the editors of Nuvo, and “Top 10 Restaurant” by Indianapolis Monthly, as well as The Libertine Liquor Bar, a cocktail-centric bar and restaurant that utilizes local and seasonal Modern American fare.
Neal is married to Certified Sommelier Lindy Brown, his most trusted advisor, and the source of his inspiration. They have two children, Isabelle and Greyson.