USC Cocktail Judges

F. Paul Pacult
F. Paul Pacult
Chairman of Judging. Author, Journalist and Educator
As America’s Spirits Guru, Paul is publisher/editor of F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal; contributing editor for…
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Eric Alperin
Eric Alperin
Beverage Director, Bar Owner
Eric Alperin’s first experience behind the stick was at The Screening Room in NYC...
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Brian Bevilacqua
Brian Bevilacqua
Bar Director

Brian Bevilacqua currently works at the recently opened Logan Hotel…

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Jacques Bezuidenhout
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Consultant and Buyer
Jacques began his career as a bartender 16 years ago, working in bars and restaurants in South Africa.It was not until in…
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Dave Bletsch
Dave Bletsch
Bartender

After a 6 year journey through the back-of-house...

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Tad Carducci
Tad Carducci
Buyer and Consultant
Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist and general bon vivant, with over twenty-five…
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Troy Clarke
Troy Clarke
Spirits and Mixology Educator
Troy Clarke is the Director of Mixology and Education…
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Tim Cooper
Tim Cooper
Bartender, Buyer, Consultant & Beverage Director
Tim is a New York City bartending veteran who’s worked at some of the best bars in the city during his career...
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Leo DeGroff
Leo DeGroff
Bartender, Buyer, Consultant
Leo began his career behind bars long before he was old enough to drink at one. By age eighteen he was assisting…
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Meaghan Dorman
Meaghan Dorman
Bar Director

Meaghan Dorman is currently the Bar Director of New York City’s Raines Law Room (2 locations) Dear Irving and the...

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Doug Frost
Doug Frost
Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, Educator
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous…
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Tyler Hudgens
Tyler Hudgens
Bar Director, Buyer, Educator

Tyler Hudgens  is the Bar Director at The Dabney in Washington, DC.  Her bar program embraces southern hospitality…

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Sean Kenyon
Sean Kenyon
Bartender, Educator, Buyer

Sean Kenyon was born to be behind a bar. He is a third generation Bar Man, his Grandfather, Mother and Father…

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Justin Lavenue
Justin Lavenue
Bar Owner, Bartender, Consultant, Buyer

Justin Lavenue got his start in the restaurant business in 2009…

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Don Lee
Don Lee
Buyer, Consultant.

Don Lee is a Southern California expatriate now residing in New York City…

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Anthony Mendez
Anthony Mendez
Bartender
Having worked 20 years in the restaurant industry
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Dave Roochvarg
Dave Roochvarg
Head Bartender, Bar Manager

Dave Roochvarg joined Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2014…

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Joaquín Simó
Joaquín Simó
Consultant, Buyer, Bartender.

Joaquín Simó has traveled a long way from his native Ecuador in his search for the perfect daiquiri.  Raised amongst a

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Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Master of Wine and Educator
Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan is the fourth woman in the US to ever achieve the…
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Berit Jane Soli-Holt
Berit Jane Soli-Holt
Bartender, Writer, Kitchen Manager
After developing a career in the culinary world as a cook, recipe tester and critic
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Charlotte Voisey
Charlotte Voisey
Mixologist and Educator

Best American Brand Ambassador, two times Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail and recognized by…

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Jillian Vose
Jillian Vose
Beverage Director, Buyer, Educator

Jillian Vose is Beverage Director of BlackTail at Pier A, a new bar by The Dead Rabbit’s Sean Muldoon and Jack

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