USC Judges

F. Paul Pacult
F. Paul Pacult
Chairman of Judging. Author, Journalist and Educator
Called “America’s foremost spirits authority” by Forbes.com...
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Jacques Bezuidenhout
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Consultant, Buyer and Educator
Jacques began his career as a bartender 16 years ago, working…
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Tad Carducci
Tad Carducci
Educator, Author and Consultant
Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist and…
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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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Tim Cooper
Tim Cooper
Consultant & Beverage Director
Tim is a New York City hospitality and spirits industry professional...
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Dale Degroff
Dale Degroff
Author, Educator, Journalist
Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, aka King Cocktail, developed his…
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Meaghan Dorman
Meaghan Dorman
Bar Director

Meaghan Dorman is currently the Bar Director of New York City’s...

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Chelsea DeMark
Chelsea DeMark
Bartender and Bar Manager
Chelsea DeMark’s career in spirits and libations started…
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Elayne Duff
Elayne Duff
Consultant and Educator

Elayne Duff is an accomplished professional with more than…


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Tyler Hudgens
Tyler Hudgens
Spirits Consultant

Before joining Liquid Productions, Tyler ran a variety of beverage...

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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…

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Ms Franky Marshall
Ms Franky Marshall

Franky is a hospitality industry veteran...

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Clay Risen
Clay Risen
Spirits Writer and Editor
Clay Risen is an editor at The New York Times, where he writes…
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Tess Rose
Tess Rose
Educator, journalist

Tess has been a lover of food and drink ever since she was a child…

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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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Joaquín Simó
Joaquín Simó
Consultant, Buyer, Bartender.

Joaquín Simó has traveled a long way from his native Ecuador in

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