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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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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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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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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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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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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Justin Lavanue
Justin Lavanue
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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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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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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