Team USC

To facilitate Ultimate Spirits Challenge’s commitment to excellence, we hire the most experienced beverage professionals to organize the intense, weeks-long competition each May and June. These seasoned veterans, many of them acknowledged superstars in their own right, provide the USC judges with the meticulous support that helps make USC the world’s platinum standard of spirits competitions.

Dave Bletsch
Dave Bletsch
Bartender

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

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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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Vitalii Dascaliuc
Vitalii Dascaliuc
Sommelier, Wine Educator
Vitalii was born and raised in Moldova, the country that holds the world’s record for the largest wine collection...
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Leo DeGroff
Leo DeGroff
Consultant, Bartender and Educator
Leo Degroff is a New York City based bartender...
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Tim Gagnon
Tim Gagnon
Wine Buyer and Writer
Tim obtained his WSET certifications while living in London, worked in the cellar at Bernmarl Winery in upstate…
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Sean Kenyon
Sean Kenyon
Bartender, Educator, Buyer

Sean Kenyon was born to be behind a bar. He is a third…

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Sean Kirby
Sean Kirby
Beverage and Restaurant Consultant

Sean has worked in the wine and spirits industry in New York City for 18 years…

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Anthony Mendez
Anthony Mendez
Bartender
Having worked 20 years in the restaurant industry…
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John Rankin
John Rankin
Consultant, Writer
John Rankin worked in hospitality...
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Dave Roochvarg
Dave Roochvarg
Head Bartender, Bar Manager

Dave Roochvarg joined Ultimate Spirits Challenge in 2014…

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Mira Vojinovic
Mira Vojinovic
Consultant

At the age of thirteen, Mira discovered…

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