Chef Al Paris

Al Paris is professional chef/restaurateur with more than thirty years of experience in food preparation, supervision, design and finance. He is highly skilled in American, French, Italian and Asian cuisines, with an excellent understanding of food and beverage pairing.



His professional resume includes:

  • Chef/Owner - Heirloom Restaurant
  • Chef/Owner - Mantra Asian Pub
  • Chef/Owner - Pat Bombino's Italian Generational Cuisine
  • Corporate Executive Chef - Zanzibar Blue, The Sound of Philadelphia (Atlantic City), Warmdaddy's
  • Corporate Executive Chef - McFadden's at Citizens Bank Park, Sully's (Louisville, KY), Maker's Mark (Louisville, KY), McFadden's (Hampton, VA)
  • Chef/Partner - Rococo (Gourmet magazine's "America's Top Table", Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence")
  • Chef/Partner - Guru ("People's Choice" award)
  • Chef/Partner - City Grill
  • Chef/Partner - Circa
  • Corporate Executive Chef - Marabella's Corporation, Philadelphia (Opened high-end Tuscan concept, Pomodoro as Executive Chef/General Manager)
  • Executive Chef - Cain Cellars Winery, Napa Valley
  • Executive Chef - La Belle Helene Restaurant, Napa Valley

His personal accomplishments include:

  • Hosted three dinners at the James Beard House NYC
  • Philadelphia Magazine, June 2005, "Best Meal in Atlantic City" (The Sound of Philadelphia)
  • Advisory Board, Philadelphia Art Institute Culinary Program
  • Culinary competition winner: "Titanium Chef" (successfully defended two times)
  • "Gourmet Cheese Steak Contest" winner, 2 years
  • Profile show on the Food Network (Rococo)
  • Restaurant 2000 design feature (Rococo)
  • Food Arts design feature (Rococo)
  • Gourmet magazine's "America's Top Tables" (Rococo)
  • City Paper "Best New Restaurant" People's Choice Award (Guru)
  • Focus magazine "Best Italian Restaurant in the Bay Area", two years (Ciao)
  • Wine Country magazine cover photo and article (Cain Cellars)
  • Epicurean Rendevous "Top 100 Restaurants" (La Belle Helene)
  • Mobil Guide: Three Stars (La Belle Helene)
  • Chef/Host for Expicurean Society Dinners
  • Caterina d'Medici Society
  • La Chaine des Rotisseurs
  • American Institute of Wine and Food
  • Academia Italiana della Cucina
  • Craig Claiborne Honorary dinner
  • Personal host to Paul Bocuse, Georges Perrier and Jean Banchet


Our Mission: The Black Winer strives to expose African Americans [and others] to wines, without the flair, stuffiness, and airs of elitism and snobbery that you get from sommeliers and high level wine enthusiasts. We believe in finding something that you like the taste of, outside of the basic brands that you have been force-fed over the years through a combination of ethnically targeted advertising, and what people in your family have historically been drinking.

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