Ken Fredricksons most formative experience was with Chef Charlie
Trotter at Charlie Trotters in both Chicago and Las Vegas. Ken
worked with Trotter for over a year. At this time he was committed to
mastering formal service as well as developing an in-depth knowledge
of food. At Trotters, Ken was introduced to Master Sommelier Steven
Geddes, who became a great influence and mentor to him.
Ken left Charlie Trotters to take a full-time sommelier position
with Las Vegas based chef and restaurateur Andre Rochat. Working with
predominately French wine, KFredrickson opened two restaurants for Rochat
and wrote both of their wine programs.
this time, KFredrickson passed the Sterling Advanced Sommelier Course
with the highest score and received the American Express Scholarship.
Using the Scholarship monies, KFredrickson sat for the Advanced course
given by the Court of Master Sommeliers and passed, becoming one of
only about forty people qualified to sit for the Master Sommelier Diploma.
There are currently less than 40 Master Sommeliers in the United States.
KFredrickson became the 97th Master Sommelier in the world in April,
the Advanced course, KFredrickson was recruited by Wolfgang Puck to
run the Las Vegas Spago and write the wine list for the new Chinois.
The wine list KFredrickson created for Chinois was met with critical
acclaim. S. Irene Verbela, food critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote,
"KFredricksons wine list has got to be the hippest in town, in
fact its eclectic enough to be cutting edge in Manhattan or West
autumn of 1998, KFredrickson left Spago and Chinois to open his own
restaurant, in partnership with Ben Roth, his college roommate at the
University of Nevada Las Vegas Hotel and Restaurant School. Restaurant
Terroir opened for business in February 1999 in the resort town of Jackson,
Wyoming. KFredrickson has since opened two new establishments in Jackson:
a wine shop, Jackson Hole Wine Company; and an Asian-accented wine bar,
KFredrickson's passion for wine continues to lead him into new business
ventures. As he became known in the fine wine business, he began to
help with the buying strategy of a modest number of wine collectors,
finding the little treasures that they could not procure on their own.
In 1999, he formed Vintage Consultants LLC to make the venture official.
Today he has an active client list of more than twenty clients that
includes some of the great collectors in the U.S. On their behalf, he
has purchased several hundred thousand dollars' worth of fine wines
from auctions and wholesalers. The expansion of this company includes
managing the construction of three private cellars in the Jackson Hole
area, with plans to fill them with wines from Vintage Consultations
and the Jackson Hole Wine Company.
KFredrickson is also the project manager on the transformation of Sonoma
Valley's Timber Hill Hotel and Timber Hill Vineyards. The vineyards
in the neighborhood - Flowers, Marcassin and Kistler, to name a few
- are some of the most sought-after wineries in California.
grown up in a small rural town in Idaho, KFredrickson feels like Jackson
is returning to his roots. When he can find free time from studying
wine, you will find him fly-fishing or mountain biking on one of Jacksons
many trails. That is, when he has free time, which is almost never!
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