USC Judges

Tad Carducci
Tad Carducci
Educator and Consultant
Tad Carducci

Tad Carducci is a lifelong bartender, award-winning mixologist, author, educator and general bon vivant, with over twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry.  He is a founding partner of The Tippler, a cavernous cocktail bar under Manhattan’s famed Chelsea Market and is the co-founder of Tippling Bros., a New York-based beverage consultancy dedicated to "spirituous advisement and raising of the bar".  He is also the co-author of  ‘A Lime and a Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Style Cocktails’, which was released in 2015.  Carducci has spent the better part of the last decade working hand in hand with the Italian Trade Commission and multiple family-owned amaro, grappa and liquore producers; sharing the passion, craft and heritage of Italy’s famous spirits, aperitivi and digestivi.

Carducci is very proud to be a top-level graduate of the inaugural Beverage Alcohol Resource Spirits and Bar certification program and has earned multiple certificates from both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. He is honored to sit on the judging panel for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, created by Paul Pacult.

His work has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, NY Times, NY Post, Bon Appetit, Esquire, Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times, Imbibe, GQ, Vogue, Details, W Magazine, TimeOut, Rachel Ray, Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast, Skiing, Mr. Boston and many other national publications, as well as on NBC’s the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Food Network, Cooking Channel, VH1 Big Morning Buzz, Sirius-XM radio, CW 11 Morning News, CNBC, Martha Stewart Radio and other media.