Important Bartender of The Year Update

As part of our family, the health and safety of our Bartender of the Year competitors is our top priority. Keeping this in mind, along with guidance from CDC, federal and state health officials, the 2020 Bartender of the Year competition has been postponed. Competitors have been contacted directly.

While we don’t yet have a clear picture for the remainder of the 2020 competition, we remain steadfast in creating an experience structured around creating relationships that further the skills and craft of hospitality professionals nationwide. Thank you for your patience and flexibility. Stay well. Be safe. We will see you soon.

Congratulations to the 2020 Finalists!

Michelle Salgado


Justin Levaughn


Vay Su

Los Angeles

Michael Buonocore

Phoenix, AZ

Arthur Boothe

Atlanta, GA

David Mor


Anton Nguyen

Wailuku, Hawaii

Christopher Lemperle

New York City

Congratulations to the 2020 Bartender of the Year Semifinalists!


Arthur Boothe
Peter Hannah
Sherra Kurtz
Don Pirone
Jake Smith
Cole Youngner


Zachary Barnhill
Andrew Campbell
Cruz Gutierrez
David Jennings
Michelle Salgado
Patrick-David Walker


Lance Bowman
Adam Chase
David Mor
Jessi Pollak
Nathaniel Smith
Garry White

Los Angeles

Adam Fournier
Thi Nguyen
Sam Penton
Lindsay Shelton
Vay Su


Ky Belk
Tyler Kitzman
Justin Levaughn
Mike Madison
Juan Montes
Tatiana Rotari

New York City

Tyler Chambers
Fabio Steven Gonzalez
Christopher Lemperle
Jessica Manchenton
Thomas Spaeth
Stephen Wood


Michael Buonocore
Austin Carson
Chris Dunsmoor
Cory Mendonca
Jesse Torres
TJ Vong


Jesse Cyr
Lauren Davis
Nora Furst
Caleb Kimbley
Anna McDermott
Anton Nguyen

Judging Criteria

Demonstrate the following traits to become a member of the Heaven Hill family:

Creativity and
Knowledge of
the Classics
Ability to Read
Guests’ Needs
Speed and

Meet The Judges

Your entries will be judged by these three cocktail
and spirits luminaries from across the country.

Joaquín Simó

Partner at
Alchemy Consulting
and Owner/Bartender
at Pouring Ribbons

Lynn M. House

National Brand Educator
for Heaven Hill Brands

Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Bar Manager of
Clyde Common
and Pépé Le Moko

2019 Finals

2019 Winner

2019 Finalists

Event News

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