Lester Kramer

Lester Kramer is an author, a writing instructor, a longtime Budapest resident, and a dedicated chronicler of the Budapest culinary scene. He grew up on the North Shore of Chicago. He received a literature degree from Bennington College in Vermont before buying a one-way ticket to Prague (then, of Czechoslovakia), where he tended bar at the first Western pub in the city. Before relocating to Budapest he worked in many capacities from barista at Starbucks to the editorial department of Doubleday & Co. He kick-started his own writing career as a food journalist at the now defunct chew.hu and continued to write about culture and cuisine for publications like Vice’s food channel Munchies, alongside his career as a conventionally published fiction writer.

  • Best Contribution to Wine & Spirits Tourism

  • Traveller's Choice 2020

  • Wine Writing Award 2020

  • Wine Writing Award 2019

  • Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

  • Best Wine Tour Operator Winner in 2017 & 2018

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    Certificate of Excellence Winner (2011-2019)

  • Best Contribution to Wine & Spirits Tourism

  • Global Food Tourism Association (Member)

  • Fortified Travel (Co-Founder)

  • Wine Writing Award 2021