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Announcing the Top 100 US World Class Bartenders

By Tiffany Soles posted 01-03-2022 18:27


USBG Presents World Class Sponsored by DIAGEO is scouring the nation to find the 2022 US World Class Bartender of the year!

Over the last few months, hundreds of bartenders from across the nation applied for a chance to earn this prestigious title and each was challenged to create an honest and innovative cocktail that was representative of themselves, their bar, and their community.

A huge part of cocktail culture is how we show up when there's food involved. In fact, as a bartender, one of your biggest challenges is developing a tailored cocktail list to complement the cuisine featured at your bar or restaurant's concept. Our Top 100 Competitors will select either Latin American or Mediterranean cuisine to create one aperitif and one digestif cocktail to pair with dishes made in these styles to elevate a guest's dining experience during both occasions. 


West Midwest South Southwest  Northeast
Adam Brogan
Franklin Bui
Esther Lee
Zhen hua Li
Eric Lopez
Mark Sassi
Aaron Siak
Jonathan Stanyard
Inga Tantisalidchai
Jeffrey Terry
Jorge Vargas-Baquedano
Steve Weaver

Richard Beltzer
Lance Bowman
James DeFrance
Jarmel Doss
Daniel Gentery
Cassaundra Hollaway
James Hoppes
Tara Jagodzinski
Brittany Kelley
Anastasia Knapinski
Michael Lindgren
Christopher Marek
Robert Mitchell
Rebecca Monday
Jessica Pollak
Rodrigo Serrano
Raj Shukla
Carl Sparks
Tobias Steeves
Thomas Sulek
Sarah Syman
David Yee

Kristin Amron
Leighton Bagley
Brian Barna
Dalton Bedard
Arthur Boothe
Kolyn Brown
Ilan Chartor
Alexa Delgado
Justin Fields
Caleb Giles
Jason Gonslaves
Peter Hannah
Timmie Hoffman
Jarrett Holborough
Steven Laws
Jonathan Mateer
Donna Meister
Shawn Newman
Christopher Norton
Sam Penton
Antonio Rivera
Nicholas Wallace
Sarah Alexander
LaShan Arceneaux
Jordan Chandler
Kevin Collins
Troy DelGrosso
Chanel Godwin-McMaken
Jose Gonzalez
Kenneth Hwong
Mustafa Kurtcu
Dragan Milivojevic
Amber Milner
Conor O'Reilly
Cesar Perez II
Jake Powell
Benjamin Pozar
Javier Ramirez-Fonseca
Paul Ramon
Charles Simons
Karson Skovsgard
Matthew Thurber
Omar Trevino
Nikolas Zoylinos
Shannon Beck
Nicholas Capanna
Colin Dietz
Hunter Douglas
Brittany Fox
Andrew Hurn
William Krepop
Jennifer LaForge
Damian Langarica
Micah LeMon
Athena Mennis
Christina Mercado
Michael Park
Michael Pedecine
Darwin Pornel
Jose Renteria
Kevin Restificar
Aaron Robin
Alexander Taylor
Solomon Thomas
Renato Tonelli
Steve Yang

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01-25-2022 17:30

First timer here and I just want to say its an honor competing along slide all of you.

01-05-2022 22:15

LOVE seeing so many familiar faces in this group!!

01-05-2022 14:29

Huge Deal. Congratulations to everyone! There are some serious beasts on this list so I know this is gonna be a great competition this year!

01-03-2022 20:27

Congratulations to all. Best of Luck.