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About Me | Tony Lawrence

Who am I?

I am in an honored position and blessed to be one of a few African Americans who is a trained sommelier, chef, certified wine & food pairing specialist, lecturer, writer, and international certified food & wine judge. I have over thirty-five years of experience in the hospitality industry.

About Me

My degrees and certifications include a Bachelor of Science from Widener University, Pro-Chef graduate from the CIA at Graystone, a graduate of the Napa Wine Academy, and trained as a chef in Germany. My experience ranges from corporate business catering, chef for the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, motion picture catering, vineyard chef, an executive chef at two major country clubs (Germantown Cricket Club and Merion Golf Club). The world is my platform to create unique wine & food experiences. I travel to wine destinations to hone my knowledge and stay on the cutting edge of the global wine & food culture. I am a serious wine collector that showcases wine from around the world. I love to share my passion for great wine & food with others.

My Specialty – Wine Pairings

I can create & design your incredible fun wine and food throw-down to drawing a blueprint for a Gala evening sit down. Suggested Pairings

Client Affiliations

Partial List


Wine & Food Business Associations

  • Franks Union Mart Gala Wine Event – Dupont Hotel
  • American Wine Society Regional Pig Roast Wine Auction
  • American Wine Society Scholarship Wine Dinner
  • American Wine Society Scholarship Brunch
  • Mt. Airy Usa Guess Whos Coming To Dinner
  • West Mt. Airy Eat Your Heart Out Chef Dinner
  • Cedar Run Wild Life Refuge Medford Wine Pairing/Bbq
  • Cade Youth Foundation Charity Event
  • Vancouver Playhouse International Food & Wine Festival
  • Napa Vintners Association Premiere Napa Wine Auction
  • Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute
  • Culinary Education Program
  • Zinfandel Advocate & Producers
  • American Wine Society National Conference
  • Society Of Wine Educators National Conference
  • German Wine Society
  • Tasters Guild International
  • Cencibel
  • Banfi Wines
  • Lodi Wine Association
  • Joe Dobbs Wines
  • Oregon Pennsylvania Wine & Spirit Advisory Counsel
  • Pennsylvania Wine Association
  • Virginia Wine Association
  • Puglia Wine Association
  • Family Winemakers Of California
  • Argentina Wine & Food Association
  • Grand Rapids International Wine & Food Festival
  • Blue Ribbon Cooking School Seattle, WA