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Meet Our Experts

We’re proud to work with some of the rock stars of the beverage industry, from award-winning mixologists and celebrated writers to the owners of some of the world’s top bars and restaurants.

Find out more about the leading influencers of the bar world, as well as our incredible Diageo Bar Academy trainers.

  • Laura Newman

    Laura Newman

    USBG World Class Bartender of the year

  • ALEX KRATENA

    ALEX KRATENA

    Founder of industry non-for profit P(OUR) and former Head Bartender of Artesian, London, the world's best bar for four consecutive years.

    Featured in Creators list 2016 as one of the 40 most influential individuals shaping the future of the global bar industry.

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  • TRISTAN STEPHENSON

    TRISTAN STEPHENSON

    Award-winning bar operator, bartender, chef, some-time journalist and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books.

    Co-founder of Fluid Movement, a globally renowned drinks consultancy firm.

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  • LAUREN MOTE

    LAUREN MOTE

    Award-winning mixologist; sommelier; architect of potions, tonics and elixirs; accomplished writer; international spirits diplomat and accredited bartending instructor.

    Global Cocktailian and the co-founder of Bittered Sling Bitters.

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  • AGOSTINO PERRONE

    AGOSTINO PERRONE

    Award-winning bartender and Director of Mixology at the Connaught, London, named World's Best Cocktail Bar 2016.

    Imbibe Bar Personality of the Year 2017 and the brains behind the Connaught's famous martini trolley.

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  • IVY MIX

    IVY MIX

    Co-Owner and Head Bartender of Leyenda, a pan-Latin cocktail bar in Brooklyn.

    Named 2015 American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards and Mixologist of the Year 2016 by Wine Enthusiast.

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  • JILLIAN VOSE

    JILLIAN VOSE

    Head Bartender and Beverage Director at the Dead Rabbit, New York, named World's Best Bar 2015.

    Winner of the 2013 Rising Stars award from Star Chefs.

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  • TOM JONES

    TOM JONES

    Scotch Whisky Ambassador and Johnnie Walker Global Ambassador

    Country: Global

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  • CAROLINE MARTIN

    CAROLINE MARTIN

    Diageo Master Blender

    Country: Global

  • PAUL MATHEW

    PAUL MATHEW

    Bar owner, drinks consultant and writer

    Country: UK and Asia

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  • CHRIS HYSTED

    CHRIS HYSTED

    National Ambassador for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka

    Country: Australia

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  • SEAN BAXTER

    SEAN BAXTER

    Ambassador for Johnnie Walker and the Single Malts

    Country: Australia

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  • JUSTIN SMYTH

    JUSTIN SMYTH

    Reserve Ambassador for Ketel One Vodka

    Country: Global

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  • ENRIQUE DE COLSA

    ENRIQUE DE COLSA

    Master Distiller for Don Julio tequila

    Country: Global

  • EWAN GUNN

    EWAN GUNN

    Haig Club Whisky Master and Category Training Manager

    Country: Global

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  • Chris Cardone

    Chris Cardone

    USBG 2017 Bartender of the Year

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  • Charles Joly

    Charles Joly

    Winner of 2014 World Class Bartender of the Year – Worlds

    Co-Founder of Crafthouse Cocktails

    Beverage Director at the Aviary, Chicago

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