Maximilian Kast of The Fearrington House Restaurant - Biography
(Fearrington Village) Pittsboro, NC
Michigan native Maximilian Kast’s family was involved in the local and fine food movement, introducing him to the importance of hand-crafted and slow food well before he had a professional outlet. Once Kast did enter his first professional culinary gig—working in restaurants while attending the University of Montana—it was wine that grabbed his attention. Already enamored of the stories behind food, Kast found himself intrigued by how every wine bottle was a journey to another place and an introduction to new people—and how, when paired with food, a bottle of wine could evoke emotions and memories. No surprise, again, he decided to make a career out of the stuff.
As wine director of Triple Creek Ranch in Montana from 2005 to 2007, Kast increased the wine repertoire to span over fourteen countries and helped earn both Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and Wine Enthusiast’s Award of Distinction. Moving to Fearrington House as a sommelier in 2007, Kast was quickly made wine director, managing a 1,000-label wine list to match the restaurant’s seasonal menu. He’s also responsible for Fearrington House’s popular Wine Maker Dinner series, along with teaching wine and beer classes and managing the beverage programs at The Goat Café, The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, and Roost. In September 2013, Kast took the top spot at the second annual Sommelier Challenge at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Sonoma, California.