USC 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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Jeff Bell
Jeff Bell
Buyer, General Manager

Jeff Bell is the General Manager at PDT in New York City and has been working there since 2010…

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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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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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James Conley
James Conley
Buyer, Sommelier
Brooklyn native James Conley is proud to call Keens Steakhouse his professional home. Since 1999, as Service Director…
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Dale Degroff
Dale Degroff
Author, Educator, Journalist
Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, aka King Cocktail, developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at…
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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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Gregg Glaser
Gregg Glaser
Consultant, Educator and Journalist

Gregg Glaser is the Publisher/Editor of Modern Distillery Age, a weekly trade magazine for the spirits business

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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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Geoffrey Kleinman
Geoffrey Kleinman
Journalist, Editor
Geoff Kleinman is the founder and managing editor of DrinkSpirits.com an online magazine dedicated to help
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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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Doug Miller
Doug Miller
Educator and Author

Doug Miller is an assistant professor of hospitality and service management at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)...

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Dan Nicolaescu
Dan Nicolaescu
Bartender, Consultant
For over a decade, Dan has been educating and exciting customers in New York's restaurants and bars about tastes…
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Steven Olson
Steven Olson
Educator, Consultant, Journalist
Steve Olson, aka wine geek,  is dedicated to the education and consultation of degustation for appreciation and…
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Francis Schott
Francis Schott
Restaurateur, Bar Owner, Buyer, Consultant, Radio Presenter
In 2006, Francis opened Catherine Lombardi, an Italian-American restaurant based on the cooking of business…
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Andy Seymour
Andy Seymour
Educator, Buyer, Consultant

An accomplished mixologist and educator, Andy is the owner of Liquids Productions, a consulting firm; a partner in aka…

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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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Paul Tanguay
Paul Tanguay
Buyer, Consultant

In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, with stops in multiple cites and countries, if you ask Paul how he got…

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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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David Wondrich, PhD
David Wondrich, PhD
Author, Journalist, Educator
“A living iPod of drink lore and recipes” (the New York Times), or, if you prefer, a “crazy, bearded Civil War general…
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