JASON SILVERMAN2017 Spirits of Mexico Judge
As former Beverage Director of Agave NYC in New York City, Jason Silverman has turned an already excellent tequila bar and drinks program into a very memorable and unique destination for tequila and mezcal aficionados.
Having spent 12 years as a professional chef in four star restaurants and hotels, Jay had prepared his palate to appreciate the various intricacies of the wide range of tequilas that can be found on the market. As a traveler to the Jalisco and the Tequila regions of Mexico, Jay has studied firsthand the process of how tequila is made to bring that appreciation to others.
Jay’s cocktails have been featured in Men’s Health, USA Today, Epicurious, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, “Good Day New York”, and the cover of Cheers, a bar business magazine. Agave was rated one of the best tequila bars in the world by Spirits Business Journal in London.
Last fall, Jay worked on a new mezcaleria project called Madre with the team from El Atorodera in Brooklyn, NY.
Jay lives in Brooklyn (and Phoenix part-time) with his wife Jan and son’s Max and Adam and enjoys traveling, dining and researching cultures and cuisines.