Talent

2017 Talent

Alastair Menzies is Diageo Reserve’s National Educator for Scotch, a proud Scotsman born in Glasgow, who grew up not far from Kilmarnock, where Johnnie Walker opened his grocer store in 1820....

Head Bartender, Chef’s Club / New York Chefs Club by Food & Wine brings a unique and flavorful approach to its beverage program under the direction of head bartender, Anthony Bohlinger. Attracted by the vivacious energy restaurants provide, Anthony established himself a position in one......

Co-Owner/Beverage Director OAK at fourteenth, Acorn, Brider Bryan Dayton’s passion for beverage is reflected in his growing list of well-rounded accomplishments. A bartender with over 15 years of experience, Dayton is the Beverage Director and Co-Owner of critically acclaimed restaurants OAK at fourteenth in Boulder,......

Best American Brand Ambassador, two-time Golden Spirit Award winner at Tales of the Cocktail, James Beard-honored mixologist boasting TV appearances on Top Chef Masters and Next Iron Chef America certainly makes for exciting times for London-born Charlotte Voisey. Charlotte speaks at major industry events and......

Dan Crowell is the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Brand Ambassador for the Central Region of the United States. With over 25 years of spirits industry experience, Mr Crowell works to highlight the broad range of Single Malt Scotch Whisky offerings for both brands across the Central......

Master Brand Ambassador David Blackmore leads the Glenmorangie USA educational program, exciting and educating the industry and consumers on the nuances of Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky through tastings and events across the U.S. A native of Scotland, David is an experienced professional whisky tutor......

Emily Arden Wells is the Editor and Co-Founder of Gastronomista, a website dedicated to the Culture of Drink.  Gastronomista was named “Best Cocktail Blog” by Saveur Magazine in 2015, a finalist for “Best Culinary Blog” by the Taste Talks Awards in 2016, and named one......

This whiskey glowed amber from the start. When volunteer firefighter Jess Graber responded to a neighbor’s barn fire down the road, he never imagined any good could come of it. But the barn he made effort to save belonged to George Stranahan, long-time liquor connoisseur.......

Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru,” is one of the most premiere cocktail consultants and bartenders for restaurants and spirit companies. With offices in New England and NYC, Jonathan’s signature cocktails can be seen and enjoyed in many of North America’s most upscale cocktail lounges and......

Hennessy National Ambassador In his constant pursuit for the perfect cocktail, Jordan Bushell joined the Hennessy team in 2010 as the US Ambassador of Mixology and Brand Education. Travelling all around the globe to discover new flavors and techniques, he brings his knowledge, experience and......

Meagan has represented the Stolichnaya® vodka portfolio for nearly 5 years. Most recently, she worked as Global Brand Ambassador, where she traveled the world with the mission of training, educating, and inspiring trade and consumers alike. Originally from Miami, FL, she now works on the......

Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador, National United States Hailing originally from Edinburgh, Glenfiddich brand ambassador Mitch Bechard fell in love with the Scotch Whisky industry at a young, albeit legal, age and has been pursuing that passion ever since.  Born in Scotland to Mauritian parents, Mitch was fortunate......

Master Distiller, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Rob Dietrich is Master Distiller at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, one of the state’s first whiskeys since Prohibition, which was created by distilling legend Jess Graber. Dietrich is responsible for every aspect of the 100 percent malt whiskey’s “grain-to-bottle” production and......


MONKEY SHOULDER U.S. AMBASSADOR Sebastien Derbomez is the U.S. Ambassador for Monkey Shoulder, the 100 percent malt Scotch whisky owned by William Grant & Sons. In this role, Seb is responsible for bringing Monkey Shoulder’s brand story and mischievous attitude to life. Through education and......

Golden Moon Distillery Stephen Gould has been a saucier, a bar tender, a brewer, a corporate executive with extensive international trade and supply chain management experience, a U.S. Marine and a university professor.   He began working in restaurants when he was 13 years old, and......

aka wine geek Steven Olson, aka wine geek, is dedicated to the education and consultation of degustation for appreciation and celebration. He teaches, lectures, and writes all over the world about wine, beer, spirits, sake, and virtually any other beverage under the sun, discussing their......

Brand Ambassador, Reyka A New Jersey guy for most of his life, Trevor graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Information Technology. He played baseball into his 20’s, worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and has even been a high school substitute teacher. But his true......

Talent from Previous Classics

Ailish Eigan

Alastair Menzies

Alex Guevara

Amanda Victoria

Anthony Bohlinger

Brent Lamberti

Bryan Dayton

Carleton McCoy

Chad Michael George

Charlotte Voisey

Chris Keating

Connie Baker

Costin Tarsoaga

Daniel Munger

Dante Reesman

Dave Matthews

David Alan

Eliza Hoar

Erin Noorlun

Jess Graber

Jim Butchart

Jim Meehan

Jim Ryan

Jimmy Yeager

John “JC” Clark

Jonathan Pogash

Jordan Buchell

Jordan Stielow

Julie Reiner

Justin Haas

Kevin Galaba

Kim Haasarud

Lisa Frost

Mark Stoddard

Matt Shifrin

Matt Zubrod

Mattias Horseman

Meagan Sacher

Mitch Bechard

Nathan Damstra

Patrick Flanigan

Rae “Chewie” Raymond

Rob Dietrich

Robert Pallone

Ron Cooper

Ryan Sterling

Sean Kenyon

Sebastien Derbomez

Sergio Garcia

Steph Davis

Stephen Gaache

Steve Olson

Tad Carducci

Trevor Schneider

William Golde

Zach Bowersock

and many more!

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