Culinary historian/food writer, cookbook author, private chef, and blogger, Andrea Lawson Gray is a mother of three with strong cultural ties to Mexico, where she is building Casa de la Tia, a casa de huespedes (guest house) and cooking school, scheduled to open in 2018. In her memoir, “Survivor” in the collection of essays Because I Said So: 33 Mothers Write About Children, Sex, Men, Aging, Faith, Race, and Themselves [Kate Moses, Camille Peri], Gray reflects on what drives her to move from one success (or failure) to next.
Available for cooking classes, private dinners, recipe development and conferences/presentations, writing projects on Mexican foodways, food history and just anything I find fascinating. Feel free to email me directly at email@example.com or call me at 415-716-8442.
Joanne Weir, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author; television food personality; restaurateur and Executive Chef, Copita Tequileria y Comida, on Celebraciones Mexicanas:
“… a masterful job sharing the celebrations of Mexico with their words and recipes. … delves deeply into the rich history, customs and culture that will make you not only want to take this book to bed as bedtime reading but also you’ll want to keep it in your kitchen library and cook up some of the fantastic recipes they share. Books like this one are rare today! This is a must for anyone who loves food, culture, history, cooking and Mexico!”
Carrie Jablanow, Category Director for Culinary Experiences at IfOnly
“Chef Andrea Gray executed extraordinary culinary classes for our very important client. Her unparalleled expertise afforded participants an interactive lesson they could not have been exposed to elsewhere based on her extensive epicurean knowledge and talent. The experience truly exceeded everyones expectations. All the participants were excited about the cooking skills Chef Gray shared, raved about the delicious meal they enjoyed and expressed gratitude for their new found enlightenment about various culinary traditions.”
Angelique Tompkins, Board of Director at the Bay Institute, Food Entrepreneur at the Bayview Underground FoodScene
“If you’re looking for an authentic #cincodemayo experience and celebration look no further. Guaranteed. Andrea Gray is an amazing historian and author with unbridled passion for Mexican Cuisine. You’ll enjoy hearing her stories as you take a culinary journey with her.“
McKenna C. (March 11, 2016) on Chef Gray’s private dinners:
“She was fabulous chef and made it fun and exciting for our guests. She was the perfect chef for our event because she lightened the mood and made what could have been awkward (corporate retreat hosted at an air bnb with no alcohol) not uncomfortable at all! She was interactive and talkative. She even chimed in on our discussion about shared economy since she is an expert in the field. I would definitely recommend her if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining, and delicious dinner!”