Christina Machamer, wine educator and chef at B Cellars winery in Napa, is a devout food and wine lover, who began her culinary career with an apprenticeship with renowned chef Larry Forgione at An American Place and classes at Forest Park Community College in St. Louis. While enrolled at the CIA in Hyde Park, New York, she was chosen part way through her final semester to compete in the fourth season of “Hell’s Kitchen,” the fiery reality show hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. After taking the grand prize in season four, Christina finished her degree at the CIA and then moved directly into a position as sous chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in West Hollywood. Before joining B Cellars, Machamer served on the opening team at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills where her experience included garde manger, canapé, entremétier and poissonnier. Christina also studied wine and viticulture at the CIA Greystone in Napa Valley and passed the certified sommelier exam with The Court of Master Sommeliers, based in London.
To better showcase the versatility and depth of B Cellars wines, Christina was brought on board to develop and lead expanded interactive food and wine tasting programs for winery guests, with the goal of demonstrating through sensatory experience the flexibility and depth of B Cellars wines. Winery Co-Founders and Principals Duffy Keys and Jim Borsack were impressed with her qualifications and culinary work experience paired with her dynamic personality.
Christina is a St. Louis native who has worked in the hospitality industry since the age of sixteen