Episode 16 With Alexander LaPratt
Alexander LaPratt – Principal / Beverage Director
Alexander LaPratt MS is no stranger to fine food and wine. Having grown up in Detroit Alexander fell in love with wine at a young age while working for Madeline Triffon MS. His passion has since taken him around the country where he has worked the floor for some of the finest restauants in the world including: Michael Mina, The French Laundry, Daniel, Atera, Le Bernardin and Jean-Georges. He has received many accolades including winning the first Ruinart Trophy competition in the United States, being named Wine and Spirits Best New Sommelier 2011, having won ASA’s Best Sommelier in America 2011 competition, he represented the United States of America at the ASIs Best Sommelier in the World competition in Tokyo Japan 2013 and he passed his Master Sommelier Exam in 2014 thereby becoming the 217th person in the world to ever do so. He has also been inducted as a Chevalier in the L’Order des Coteaux du Champagne, he starred on the “Uncorked” wine series with the Bravo network and has been featured in many top news publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Figaro as well as popular periodicals such as Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and Cosmopolitan.
In 2013 Alexander put to the test an entire careers worth of knowledge when he opened his own restaurant, Atrium DUMBO, with partners Leslie Affre and Laurent Kalkotour in the posh neighborhood of DUMBO Brooklyn which has been met with rave reviews. Alexander and his partners are currently preparing to open their next restaurant, Beasts & Bottles, in the first quarter of 2016 in the historic Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.