Back in 2011, the Wine School had moved from Fairmount to our Rittenhouse location. As part of the move, we brought in a new generation of wine instructors. This was the press release announcing our new hire.
We’ve always used the school as a place to mentor talent in the wine trade, and we expect our instructors to move into more lucrative careers in the food and wine space within a few years. We always give priority to applicants who have attended our wine educator certification program.
Philadelphia, PA. One of the better-known food and beverage bloggers in Philadelphia is now the newest member of the Wine School team. “Collin Flatt is going to be a great asset to the school,” says owner and founder Keith Wallace. “I hire only the best wine instructors available, and Collin has proven to me he has what it takes to play in the big leagues.”
Like many Fine Arts majors before him, Collin’s food and wine career was originally nothing more than a few gigs as a bartender. However, he pulled off the impossible. After several years in Rome and New York, he returned to Philadelphia as an industry insider. “This is my calling. I suck at everything else,” quips Collin.
Collin will remain a notorious figure in Philly’s culinary scene, along with teaching at the Wine School. Along with his well-known work as the editor of Phoodie.com, he will continue in some less boisterous ventures. These include his work as a trusted broker in the fine wine auction market and as a consulting sommelier. In addition, he has recently teamed up with legendary chef David Ansill to redevelop the menus at Ladder 15.
Collin is the third well-known food and wine writer to join the staff of the Wine School. He follows in the footsteps of Brian Freedman and David Snyder. At one point, all three were students of the Wine School. “I am not sure if it’s a chicken-or-egg thing, but our Foundation program is a breeding ground for creative foodies. So go figure,” says Keith. “It sure helps that I don’t have to look far to find top-notch staffers.”
Join us at the Wine School of Philadelphia this spring and give a warm welcome to our newest authority on fine food and wine, Collin Flatt!