Serena Williams to Host BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis

Smiling Serena Taste of Tennis

NEW YORK, NY – July 10, 2013 – AYS has announced that No. 1 Serena Williams will host the 14th Annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis.  This unique event  and takes place on Thursday, August 22nd at the W New York.  BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis is AYS’ marquee event and brings together professional athletes, top chefs and luxury brands for an unforgettable evening of gourmet food, interactive sponsor experiences and an exclusive VIP After Party. Serena will be joined by a number of professional tennis players, athletes, and celebrities, each paired with some of the world’s greatest chefs; all cooking for a good cause.


Serena attended the 2012 Taste of Tennis event with her personal chef, Lauren Von Der Pool.   “Eating well is an extremely important part of my health and fitness routine. I had a great time last year and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do it again.  I hope to pick up a few new tips from some of the great chefs at the event.” said Serena.  AYS President Judi Lerner added, “We are thrilled to once again, have Serena join us at the BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis. This is the first time we have ever asked a player to host the event and we could not ask for a better host.”


Serena will be joined by a number of New York’s finest chefs and culinary personalities, including Jesse Schenker (Recette), Harold Dieterle (Kin Shop, The Marrow, Perilla) and Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), who Esquire Magazine named as one of the “Most Influential Americans.”


A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits a local charity of choice.  This year’s beneficiary, in addition to a full list of participating chefs and players, will be announced prior to the event.  For more information and tickets to the 2013 BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis, please visit


Major sponsors for the 14th BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis include BNP Paribas, LYFE Kitchen, Jamaican Tourism, Russian Standard, W New York among others.  For more information and tickets to the 2013 BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis, please visit



“Taste of Tennis,” the world’s premier food and tennis experience, brings professional athletes, influential chefs, the entertainment industry and global brands together for a unique tasting event with a sports twist.  The ultimate kick-off celebration to US Open in New York City, “Taste of Tennis” is the perfect convergence of sports fans and culinary enthusiasts.  Produced by AYS, Taste of Tennis and its sister event, Taste of Tennis Australia, have become the most widely recognized and anticipated events on the yearly calendar.  Visit our website at

Featured Chefs

  • Peter Andino – Heartbeat
  • Jimmy Bradley – The Red Cat, The Harrison
  • Floyd Cardoz – North End Grill
  • Leah Cohen – Pig & Khao                                         
  • Harold Dieterle – Perilla, Kin Shop, The Marrow
  • Eric Gabrynowicz – Restaurant North
  • Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow – The Meatball Shop
  • Wendy Israel & Angel Elon – Baking by Design
  • Jehangir Mehta – Graffiti, Metaphor
  • John Mooney – Bell, Book & Candle
  • Marc Murphy – Landmarc / Benchmarc Restaurants
  • Jesse Schenker – Recette
  • Jeffrey Seizer – Measure at Langham Place, Fifth Avenue
  • Michael Solomonov  – Zahav
  • John Stage – Dinosaur Bar B-Q
  • Dale Talde – Thistle Hill Tavern, Talde, Pork Slope
  • Jonathan Waxman – Barbuto