Outstanding Professional Achievement

Rebecca Banks
Classic Culinary Arts, 2005
Wine Director, Balthazar in New York, NY

Rebecca Banks currently manages the wine programs at the Keith McNally-owned Balthazar Restaurant, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, Lucky Strike and the upcoming Cherche Midi on the Bowery (co-writing the list with a colleague). She also developed the wine list and wine training program for Balthazar London (opened in February 2013 in London’s Covent Garden neighborhood).  Rebecca also consults on separate beverage programs, including Chelsea’s Heath and Gallow Green Restaurant.

She holds the Advanced and Diploma Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust and has taught classes, including Fundamentals of Wine and Wine and Food Pairing at The French Culinary Institute, as well as informal classes at wine shops and private venues throughout the city. Rebecca is a regular member on the tasting panel at Wine and Spirits magazine and involved in a Brooklyn-based tasting group. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, Ben, son Jonah (3), daughter Hazel (1) and two ornery cats.


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