Adjunct Wine Faculty
Pascaline Lepeltier is a Master Sommelier and instructs with the Court of Master Sommeliers and at the International Culinary Center. Detouring from a master’s in philosophy and a career as a university teacher, Lepeltier began her obsession with wine at two stars Michelin-rated L’Auberge Bretonne under Chef Jacques Thorel, starting as assistant sommelier and soon presiding over a list of more than 4500 wines. Current Beverage Director of Rouge Tomate NYC, she was named one of the five best new US sommeliers of 2011 by Wine & Spirits magazine, one of the "New Wine Prophets" by TimeOut NY and one of the “40 under 40” beverage influencers by Wine Enthusiast. Her accomplishments include Best Loire Valley Young Sommelier, Best Brittany Sommelier, second-runner-up at the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Best French Sommelier, and 2010 StarChefs.com Rising Star Sommelier. In May of 2014, Lepeltier completed the Master Sommelier exams and joined an elite group of Master Sommeliers worldwide, becoming the 21st woman to achieve the title. A partner in the new Rouge Tomate Chelsea, she is currently preparing the reopening of the restaurant, while collaborating on her first wine book with acclaimed author Alice Feiring, to be published in 2017.