About Chef Lawrence

Mary Lawrence is executive chef and owner of Well on Wheels, Connecticut's premier vegan personal chef service, president of The Ethical Epicure which offers vegan culinary tours, corporate workshops, and wellness retreats, and founder of Vegan Home School which teaches home chefs how to create culinary masterpieces like the pros.  In 2016 she opened Connecticut's first exclusively vegan wellness center, Ahimsa Health and Harmony, in the Arbor Arts Building, Hartford, CT.  

She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, including WNPR's "The Colin McEnroe Show," WWLP-TV’s “Mass Appeal,” WTNH-TV's "CT Style,” and a speaker at numerous conferences and seminars, including the Valley VegFest (2015), Boston Vegetarian Society (2014), Western New York Veg Fest (2014), New Hampshire Vegetarian Festival (2014, 2015), Connecticut Vegetarian Society (2010-2014), and the Connecticut Vegetarian & Healthy Living Festival (2012). 

She is a writer and food blogger, and her culinary creations can be followed on the blog, The Traveling Vegan Chef. In 2011 she won the VegOnline.org “Vegetarian Website Award for Excellence.” She is a contributor to the Friends of Animals’ cookbook, The Best of Vegan Cooking (2009), and in 2007 she published her first cookbook, Quick and Easy Vegan Cuisine.  Her most recent cookbook, Easy Peasy Vegan Eats (2014), is a guide for people making the vegan transition.

Mary earned a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the Dr. T. Colin Campbell Foundation at eCornell University, an MA in Communication from the University of Hartford and a BA in English from the University of Connecticut.  She has been an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College, University of Hartford, and Manchester Community College. She studied culinary arts at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and has trained in the kitchen of It's Only Natural restaurant in Middletown, CT.

She has developed vegan and gluten-free recipes for restaurant clients such as the Shoreline Diner and Vegetarian Enclave in Guilford, CT and Georgie's Diner in West Haven, CT.  She is a member of the Constant Contact Small Biz Council and the Hartford Alliance Chamber of Commerce.