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Partner and Director of Wine and Service Belinda Chang brings her James Beard Award-winning wine expertise and fun-loving personality to Maple & Ash, the Gold Coast’s modern Chicago-style steakhouse. Chang’s culinary career began at Chicago’s Charlie Trotter’s, starting as a food runner in 1997 and ascending the ranks to sommelier and then wine director in 1999. The young sommelier wrote wine notes for Charlie Trotter’s Meat and Game cookbook, and led the restaurant to earn Wine Spectator’s Grand Award in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

Chang then moved on to San Francisco’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Fifth Floor alongside chef Laurent Gras, at which she earned accolades including 7x7 Magazine’s “Top 20 People Under 40” in 2003, San Francisco Magazine’s Critic’s Choice Wine Director of the Year in 2004, and a nomination for the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Wine Service award.

Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group beckoned Chang back to Chicago in 2004, to lead wine and service for Osteria Via Stato and Big Bowl, helping earn Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurant award in 2005. She went on to work with chef Rick Tramonto as corporate director of wine and spirits for Cenitare, launching four concepts and writing wine notes for The Osteria Cookbook and Fantastico!

The sommelier then set her sights on The Big Apple and joined THE MODERN, at which she earned James Beard’s Outstanding Wine Service award. By 2013, with 10 restaurant openings under her belt, Chang shifted gears to fill the role of Champagne educator for Moët Hennessy and launch the West Village Wine Collective.

Throughout her career, Chang has contributed wine notes for numerous publications and authored articles for the likes of The Atlantic, Chicago Magazine, and Sommelier Journal. She has also appeared as a Champagne and cocktail expert on CNBC, Bloomberg News, Fox News, and Martha Stewart Radio, and has presented Food & Wine’s Taste of Beverly Hills and Aspen Classic. Additional recognitions include Moët’s President’s Team Award for Champagne Strategy in 2014, Food & Wine’s “Best New Wine Lists of 2007” for Osteria di Tramonto, Oprah Magazine’s “Nine of the World’s Top Women Vintners,” and multiple nominations for the Jane Banchet Sommelier of the Year award.

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