Alpana Singh

Sommelier, Restaurateur

Chicago

As the youngest woman to achieve the rank of master sommelier when she passed the fourth and final exam in 2003, Alpana Singh has made quite a name for herself in the world of wine. Her love for the vine began when she was waiting tables in college at a restaurant with a pretty impressive wine program. Singh found that wine combined her passion for travel, history and food in a balanced manner, so she landed her first wine job as a sales clerk in Carmel, Calif., before becoming the sommelier of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Chicago restaurant Everest at the ripe age of 23 as she worked her way toward the prestigious master sommelier title. Singh spent nearly 10 years as the host of Check, Please!, but moved on from TV in January 2013 when she opened her much-anticipated Chicago restaurant, The Boarding House.