2018 Speakers

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  • Adrian Tierney-Jones

    Multi-award winning journalist, Adrian, was named Beer Writer of the Year 2017 by the British Guild of Beer Writers. He writes for the Daily Telegraph, Beer, Original Gravity, Imbibe and others.

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    Alessandro Palazzi

    Alessandro Palazzi is Bar Manager of Duke’s Bar and for the past decade, has grown Duke’s to the luxurious epitome of elegance it is today. He has been in hospitality for nearly 45 years.

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    Alexis Noble

    For the past 10 years Alexis has worked at some of the world’s most interesting restaurants including Restaurant Balzac, Bar H and LuMi, before opening her own, Wander, in London.

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  • Ally Kelsey

    Ally is currently working for Mr Lyan studios based in Super Lyan/Cub working on drinks lists, trainings and brand projects. He can also be found consulting at Crucible in London.

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    Amy Lamé

    Amy Lamé, originally from New Jersey, arrived in London in 1992. Her first job was in a late night café-bar on the edge of Soho. She is now London’s first Night Czar.

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    Annabel Smith

    Annabel is a freelance beer sommelier and is a trainer, writer, consultant and public speaker to both the beer industry and consumers, under her company name BeerBelle.

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  • Benjamin Padrón Novoa

    Benjamin Padrón Novoa is co-founder of Mexico City’s famous Licoreria Limantour, featured in The World’s 50 Best Bar’s in 2016, 2015 and 2014 and has decades of experience in the drinks industry.

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    Bobby Hiddleston

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  • Carina Soto

    Carina worked as a food and beverage consultant in luxury hospitality before founding Quixotic Projects, a Paris-based company which owns Candelaria, Glass, Le Mary Celeste, and Hero.

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  • Danielle Whitehead

    Danielle is the wine brand manager for Plumpton College. Her previous positions include new world brand manager for Hallgarten Druitt & Novum and a similar role at Enotria & Coe.

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  • Ed Hughes

    Ed Hughes is a leading beer sommelier and is responsible for customer/consumer hospitality at Sharp’s Brewery in North Cornwall, brewer of Doom Bar, the UK’s no.1 cask beer.

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    Elizabeth Gabay MW

    Elizabeth Gabay MW has researched, written and lectured extensively on Rosé. In January this year she published ‘Rosé: Understanding the Pink Wine Revolution’ with the Classic Wine Library.

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    Emma Inch

    Emma Inch is a beer writer, judge and broadcaster based in Brighton. She is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and was awarded the Maltsmiths Award in 2017.

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  • Federica Zanghirella

    Federica Zanghirella is the Vice President of the UK Sommelier Association, course director, teacher and lecturer. She is a fully qualified sommelier, particularly specialised in food and wine/sake pairing and wine tasting technique.

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    Felix Nash

    Four years ago Felix Nash set out as a cider merchant. Founding ‘The Fine Cider Company’; dedicated solely to seeking out the best bottles of cider and perry across the country.

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  • Gabe Cook

    Gabe Cook, also known as The Ciderologist, has worked in the industry in the UK and New Zealand for the last decade, for everyone from a traditional cider farm to the world's largest producer.

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    Giuseppe Gallo

    Considered a world expert on Italian drinks including Vermouth and Amaro, through ITALSPIRITS Giuseppe works with some of the world’s leading bartenders to educate the on-trade on these categories.

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    Giuseppe González

    Giuseppe has ably tended bars in some of NYC’s most esteemed drinking dens, including Clover Club, Dutch Kills, and Flatiron Lounge. He opened the Suffolk Arms and was partner Painkiller Tiki Bar.

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  • Henry Chevalier Guild

    Born in Ipswich in 1968, Henry Chevallier Guild has always called Aspall, his family’s 280-acre Suffolk estate, home. As the eighth generation of Chevallier cider-makers, brewing is in his blood...

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  • Ivy Mix

    Ivy Mix is Co-owner and Head Bartender of Leyenda. With a long history of working in bars throughout the Americas, Ivy is recognised within the industry as being one of the best bartenders in the country.

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  • Jan Konetski

    Jan is Ambassador for Chatéau Latour and Artemis Domains as well as Director of Wine at Four Seasons' Ten Trinity Square, managing the wine department at this extraordinary new venue.

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    Jessica Mason

    Jessica Mason is a drinks writer and awards judge known across the industry as Drinks Maven. She is known for being passionate about pubs, drinks and 'the social equality of beer.'

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    JJ Goodman

    A globally recognized personality and thought-leader in the world of mixed drinks, JJ Goodman is the Founder and Owner of The London Cocktail Club bar group, Craft Cocktail Co. bottled cocktails and Keystones Cocktail Club.

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  • Joe Schofield

    Joe has lead the charge in racking up an impressive mantel of accolades for Tippling Club, including being named Best Restaurant Bar for a second consecutive year at The Bar Awards Singapore. He is now concentrating on his consultancy company Sensorium.

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    Johann Henschke

    Johann is a sixth-generation member of the Henschke family. He graduated as a winemaker from the University of Adelaide in 2005, then gained extensive experience in his field throughout the winemaking world.

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    Jonny Garrett

    Jonny is head of marketing for Cave Direct, which has been one of the UK’s leading speciality beer importers for 40 years. With a specialism in Belgian beer there aren’t many people who know more about barrel aged, sour and lambic beers.

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  • Jonny Tyson

    Based in London, Jonny is the first Advanced Cicerone™ in Europe, a Beer Academy® Beer Sommelier, International Beer Judge, member of the British Guild of Beer Writers and one of the founders of the Guild of Beer Sommeliers.

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    José Luis León Martinez

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  • Kevin Hurley

    As an independent ambassador and consultant for the Irish Whiskey industry, Kevin spends much of his time promoting and educating consumers and trade on the Irish Whiskey category.

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    Kevin McKee

    Formerly of Moët Hennessy, Kevin moved to Champagne Taittinger in 2014 and commenced upon a new and exciting role within the UK & Eire as the “Taittinger Family UK Director”.

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    Kyle Sherrer

    Kyle is owner of Graft Cider. They create craft ciders using traditional European cider making methods such as fermenting with native yeast and bacteria living on the skins of apples.

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  • Laura Foster

    Liam Scandrett

    Liam has worked for a number of years in Brand Activation, Drinks Development and Customer Marketing for major spirits brands and distributors. He now works on Business Development at WSET.

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  • Mark Tracey

    Mark’s career has developed from being a bar back in high volume bars, heading up the Brand Consultancy division of LA Group to finally landing his dream job as the first UK Belvedere Brand Ambassador in a decade.

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    Martyn Sharman

  • Matt Walls

    Matt has worked for Bollinger Champagne and helped manage and buy wines for The Sampler, one of London's best wine shops. He now spends his time writing about wine and collaborating on various wine-related projects. His first book, Drink Me!, was recently published by Quadrille and has sold over 10,000 copies.

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    Matteo Zanardello

    After graduating from the Italian Master Sommelier program at Alma in Parma, Matteo began working at Ornellaia in the hospitality department.

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    Matthias Lataille

    2015 sees Matthias taking on an exciting new challenge within Pernod-Ricard UK. He will be leading the 300 year anniversary celebrations of Martell Cognac as their new Brand Ambassador, embodying the “Art de Vivre à la Française”.

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  • Mia Johansson

    Imbibe Live spirits ambassador, Mia, has worked in leading bars in New York, London and Sweden. She is co-founder of popular Soho cocktail bar Swift.

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    Mitch Adams

    Imbibe Live beer ambassador, Mitch Adams, is the Operations Director and Beer Buyer for Borough Wines & Beers and has worked in hospitality and pubs for over 20 years.

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  • Nectaly Mendoza

    Nectaly is the owner of Herbs & Rye, a bar dedicated to the classic cocktail. Herbs & Rye is not only a local hang but a cocktail destination for tourists, visiting bartenders and mixologists.

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    Neil Conway

    Neil Conway is the Head Brewer of Waterford Distillery. He has 15 years of brewing experience with Diageo at Waterford Brewery and St James Gate Brewery Dublin.

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  • Pete Brown

    Pete Brown is a British writer who specialises in making people thirsty. He is the author of eight books, and wrote the annual Cask Report for its first nine years. He was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016.

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    Philip Duff

    A jet-set bartender, on-trade consultant and spirits expert, Philip Duff is one of the cocktail community's best-loved presenters & educators, an expert on all distilled spirits, and an in-demand on-trade & beverage consultant.

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    Phil Huckle

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  • Rajat Parr

    Co-founder of Domaine de la Côte, Rajat is a three-time James Beard Award winner and regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on wine.

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    Ronan Collins

    Ronan is UK brand ambassador for Jameson Whiskey and has bartended in Cape Town, Belfast, Dublin, New York, Amsterdam and at Dandelyan in London, winner of "worlds best bar".

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    Ryan Chetiyawardana

    That most studious of bartending gentlemen, Mr Lyan (Ryan Chetiyawardana) is the multi-award winning creator of arguably the most inventive bars and cocktail menus in the world.

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  • Sam Caporn MW

    Sam is one of 370 Masters of Wine worldwide (of which there are only 72 female MWs in the UK) and recipient of The 2011 Madame Bollinger Medal for Excellence in Tasting.

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    Simon J Woolf

    Simon J Woolf is an award-winning British wine and drinks writer. He is somewhat obsessed with orange wines and is considered to be an expert on the developing natural wine niche.

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  • Thibault Pontallier

    Thibault Pontallier has been Global Ambassador for Château Margaux since March 2017, after a period of seven years as the Ambassador to Asia. Today, based in London, Thibault continues to strengthen Château Margaux’s image.

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    Tim Etherington

    Healthy Hospo is led by Tim Etherington-Judge, who has over 20 years-experience working within the international drinks industry, most recently as the Global Brand Ambassador for Bulleit American whisky.

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    Tom Oliver

    Tom Oliver returns for a second year as Imbibe Live's Cider Ambassador. Tom has won numerous awards for his cider making since launching Oliver’s Cider & Perry in 1998 and is truly an industry expert on the topic.

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  • Tristan Stephenson

    Tristan is an award winning bar operator, bartender, chef, journalist, and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books. He is co-founder of Fluid Movement, a globally renowned drinks consultancy firm.

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  • Victor Zasadzki

    Victor started by transforming apples from family and friends' gardens into cider and experimenting with different twists. After a trip to CiderCon in Portland, Victor was inspired to branch out from the corner of his kitchen in London. Liberated Cider was born, and so was Pilango.

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  • Will Sleeman

    Will Sleeman moved to London from Australia and joined the Lyan family and Super Lyan team in July 2017. He also won the ALIA Bartender of the year award in 2017.

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  • Xavier Rousset

    Wine ambassador, Xavier Rousset MS, is one of the country’s biggest restaurant names having set up wine-driven bistros Blandford Comptoir and Cabotte to great critical acclaim.

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