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lizzie binder Small Lots, Big Wines is fortunate to have Elizabeth Binder as our chef for our Perfect Pairings program. Born and raised near Durban, South Africa, Elizabeth inherited a passion for cooking from her father. At 18 she went to the internationally recognized Christina Martin School of Food and Wine in Durban. After graduation she landed a job at the ultra luxury boutique hotel Blue Mountain Lodge. Elizabeth became the executive chef of the hotel by the age of nineteen, where she cooked for former South African Presidents F.S.. de Klerk, and Nelson Mandela.

Once Apartheid ended and sanctions against South Africa were lifted, Elizabeth packed her bags to embark on a career that would take her around the world. Her first stop was England. Elizabeth’s talents quickly landed her a job cooking for well known London restaurants such as the Conran Group’s restaurant Del Ponte and Sally Clarke’s restaurant Clarkes. While in London she did free lance work cooking in Scotland, the French Alps, in addition to cooking several times at the home of Prince Andrew and Fergie, and even preparing lunch for the Queen of England and Princess of Wales.

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Although she loved London, the English winters were brutal for the South African. She decided to leave Europe and go to New York. Her cousin convinced Elizabeth not to settle on New York until she had visited San Francisco. After driving across the United States, in 1998, Elizabeth finally made it to San Francisco where she fell in love with not only the city, but her future husband as well. While in San Francisco she worked for Traci des Jardin at Jardiniere Restaurant before once again embarking on a long trip around the world. This time her destination was Australia via South East Asia. When she finally arrived in Australia she ran the kitchen for Plisse located in Sydney’s Surry Hills district for two and a half years before her and future husband, Mike, made their way back to San Francisco where she returned to Jardiniere and ultimately did a stint at Loretta Keller's Bizou.

After a wedding in South Africa in, Mike and Elizabeth decided to settle in San Francisco. After the birth of their first child, Elizabeth, along with owner, Christopher Losa, opened and ran the kitchen for Bar Bambino, an Italian wine bar located in San Francisco’s Mission. She now resides in Napa, California, where she continues to consult for Bar Bambino and has her own catering company, Delicious Dishes.