Instructors

Chris Badini
Chris’ career in the hospitality industry started at a very young age in his family’s restaurants. Food was his original passion and working in the kitchen felt like home for Chris. Fairleigh...
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Andrew Fisher
Andy Fisher has been President of Astor Wines & Spirits for over 30 years. When he started in 1971, it was a small shop in the middle of Astor Place. In 1980 he expanded to the corner of Astor Place...
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Daniel Fisher
Daniel grew up in the drinks industry as the grandson of the founder of Astor Wines & Spirits. Exposed to wine education at a young age, he moved on to pursue his own passion for distilled spirits...
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Rachel Kim
Rachel Kim is a born and bred New Yorker who has been working in hospitality since she was a tween. She has bartended in the dives of the East Village, the pubs of the Midwest, night clubs, cocktail...
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Tess Rose Lampert
Tess, now Brooklyn-based, has been a lifelong world traveler and lover of food and drink. She holds the advanced certification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, as well as an MA from...
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May Matta-Aliah
May Matta-Aliah is the President of In the Grape, an organization dedicated to making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone. She is a long-time instructor at the prestigious...
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Emily Peterson
Emily Peterson is a food writer, culinary instructor, and Executive Chef at Astor Center in New York City. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Robb Report, The New York Times, The Village...
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Robin Robinson
Robin Robinson has combined his background in theatre and sales with a life-long love of single malt Scotch whisky to serve as the US Brand Ambassador for Compass Box Whisky. As such, he is...
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Allan Roth
An academic by training and a whiskey lover by the grace of God, Allan found his true calling in the studying, teaching and tasting of whiskey. Allan has been a guest instructor at a variety New...
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Kristina Sazama
Kristina first discovered her passion for wine while entertaining clients during a decade on Wall Street. Since leaving the world of finance behind, Kristina has pursued her interest in wine while...
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Kimberly Severson
Kimberly Severson is a wine educator, sommelier, caterer and all-around food and drink enthusiast. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Kimberly worked in celebrated NYC restaurants such as...
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Jenn Smith
Jenn started working in food at 13, and in college passed on work-study shifts at the library in order to serve beer and shots in a biker bar, work the overnight shift at a bakery in Boston, manage a...
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Timothy Sullivan
Timothy Sullivan is the founder of UrbanSake.com, which is America's longest-running sake website and a treasure trove of information on anything related to sake. In 2007, Timothy was awarded...
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April Wachtel
April Wachtel is a passionate educator, an experienced mixologist, a spirits aficionado, and a lover of learning, technology, and design. She earned most of her chops in Boston, where she bartended...
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Nellie Wu
Nellie Wu, the general manager at W&T Seafood, has been a seafood lover for most of her life. Her family started a small retail seafood shop in Lower Manhattan 25 years ago, which today has expanded...
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