I've been working in hospitality in the SF Bay Area for over twenty-five years and teaching at CCSF since 2005.
I started my career as a culinary apprentice under a French chef. I've worked
in kitchens from Chez Panisse to the Claremont Hotel and China Moon Café, as a caterer and private chef and, in the Front-of-House as the manager of Zuni Cafe. Wine is a major component of my work; I've done lists for several restaurants including Stars, Vertigo and Café Rouge. In addition to teaching at CCSF I continue to be actively involved in our industry, as Wine Director for Cafe Rouge in Berkeley and as a consultant. In 2014 I helped Top Chef alums Jen Biesty & Tim Nugent open their restaurant Shakewell in Oakland and currently curate their wine list.
I am a regular participant on the Wine & Spirits Magazine tasting panel and have written for the magazine as well.
When not at school I'm hiking, tasting wine, shopping at farmer's markets, cooking, canning or hunting for wild mushrooms.
If you'd like to know more about me or my work:
How I got into this business
About my wine list consulting
My Teaching Schedule, Fall, 2015