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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Gordon Little
Gordon grew up in Melbourne, Australia, but only found his calling in wine after moving to New York in 2008. Having previously worked in wine retail, international freight logistics, and export...
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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 is a private consultant to the American craft whiskey industry, where he helps small brands identify their unique stories to penetrate and activate the marketplace. Prior to that,...
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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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Harlen Wheatley
Harlen’s formal education in chemistry and chemical engineering brought him to Buffalo Trace Distillery, but it’s the on-the-job experience that led him to become the resident Master Distiller in...
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Dylan York
Dylan York's journey into wine began in 1999 after enjoying an epic bottle of 1983 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou. Since then he has devoted his career to studying wine and creating educational and...
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