Cake lover and cookbook author Warren Brown to speak at Iowa State Feb. 18

AMES, Iowa -- Warren Brown, a lawyer-turned-baker and former host of the Food Network's "Sugar Rush," will speak at Iowa State University about his unconventional career path.

Brown's talk, "CakeLove: Find Your Passion, Follow Your Calling," will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Brown is passionate about cake and the happiness it brings. He will speak about his own intriguing career path and how all of us can find our passion in our work – with or without cake.

Brown started his career as a health educator and went on to become a health care lawyer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2002, Brown left the job to start a bakery. Brown's business includes CakeLove's seven retail storefronts and Love Cafe, all in the Washington, D.C. area. He is the author of cookbooks, including "CakeLove: How to Bake Cakes from Scratch," "United Cakes of America" and "CakeLove in the Morning."

Brown's entrepreneurial spirit has been recognized on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "TODAY," NPR, CNN, as well as in Inc. magazine and national ad campaigns for American Express and Dell computers. In 2006, Warren was named the Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration.

Brown is a member of the board of Kid Power-DC, a local nonprofit that conducts after-school arts programs for youth. He graduated from George Washington University with a Juris Doctor degree and a master's degree in public health.  

Brown's presentation is co-sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association; Cake Club; the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Human Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences; Culinary Science Club; Entrepreneur Club; the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition; Multicultural Student Programming Advisory Committee; Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship; and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by the Government of the Student Body. More information on ISU lectures is available online at, or by calling 515-294-9935.