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Tampa Cooking School - Meet Our Chefs


Tampa Cooking School - Meet Our Chefs

Pairing Experts

Deborah Alfaro
Deborah Alfaro

Deborah Alfaro, Wine Ambassador for Pacific Highway Wine and Spirits is passionate about how wine and food bring people together and create memorable occasions. Originally from Dublin, Ireland she learned the appreciation of wine and food at a young age both at home in Ireland and while in college studying in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Alfredo del Rio
Alfredo Del Rio

Alfredo has been immersed in the wine business for the last 11 years; he began his career at Bodegas Real, a small family owned winery in La Mancha from 2003 to 2007, followed by Domecq Bodegas, a large Spanish wine group from 2007 to 2010, and presently for Pernod Ricard Winemakers, representing their still wine portfolio which includes Jacob’s Creek from Australia, Brancott Estate from New Zealand, Graffigna from Argentina and Campo Viejo from Spain.

 

Geoff Hess
Geoff Hess

Geoffrey Hess is responsible for Chains and Grains at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont Colorado. Working closely with their national chain accounts and running the Hops and Heifers brewery owned Farm.
Growing up on their 200 acre farm in Amherst Massachusetts, his father a veterinarian and mother was a flight attendant. This combination provided a unique perspective of agricultural business and opportunity to travel the world.

 

John Sarich
John Sarich

For John, educating others about the joy of wine and food is not simply a job, it’s his driving passion. His extensive culinary program and infectious enthusiasm for matching wine and food are establishing Chateau Ste. Michelle as a dominant focus.

 

Noah Tuttle
Noah Tuttle

Noah Tuttle started off in the packaging line at the company's Longmont, Colorado, facility as well as the Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids restaurant in Longmont. He worked his way up to senior brewer, and last year was offered the opportunity by Oskar Blues owner Dale Katechis to be the Head Brewer for company's new expansion brewery in Brevard.