Graduating Chef, 22, Caters Own Restaurant Grad Dinner

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Graduating Culinary Arts Major, Gregory R. Williams, thanks family and friends by cooking a feast at the restaurant where he is now Executive Chef, Coventry Tea Room in Pottstown, PA

Sixth-year culinary arts student and graduate, Gregory R. Williams decided to thank his family and friends with something very special; he is hosting a 30-person dinner party at the restaurant where he is Executive Chef ( The Coventry Tea room in Pottstown, PA) on May 21st and he is chefing the event. Williams, a grad of the Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College, wanted to thank all of the people in his life who helped him to achieve this milestone. "School was always a challenge for me. So when I decided to major in Culinary Arts back in high school, I received a lot of support from my family and friends," says Williams. “Frequently, I would stay up for hours in the middle of the night cooking and my friends and family would be my test subjects."

Williams, who achieved Executive Chef status before his May 17th graduation, says he is extremely thankful for his accomplishments. "I have the love of nurturing parents and a strong family who have always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I credit my grandmother for giving me the cooking bug. At the time, she was a typical Italian grandmother who took care of me while my parents worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer. I used to stand on a chair in front of the stove next to her so I could see what was in the pots."

The food bug also bit his parents. His dad, Robert O. Williams is the arguably the country's foremost classic diner photographer (his book, Hometown Diners is a cult classic among Retro-Americana enthusiasts). His mom is a huge cookbook collector, with over 1000 volumes in her library. That went hand-in-hand with their love of then- newbie cooking channel, The Food Network, where she and Gregory learned many cooking tips from Chef Emeril Lagasse’s shows. Williams says he frequently attended cooking events around the country where he had the opportunity to meet his mentor, Chef Emeril Lagasse on many occasions, and even appeared on his show.

For more information on this release, contact Melinda Campitelli Williams at The Williams Group, 610-518-4888 or visit

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