JUNIOR MERINO

2016 Spirits of the Mexico Judge

JUNIOR MERINO
2016 Spirits of Mexico Judge
New York, NY

COMPANY: The Liquid Chef, LLC
WEBSITE: theliquidchefinc.com
TWITTER: @theliquidchef

Junior Merino, one of the founding fathers of nouveau mixology and the founder of the fusion of the kitchen and the bar, has revolutionized the mixology industry with his innovative concepts and unique philosophy. Merino began his career at the young age of 15, working his way through the ranks of Boulevard Café and Roth’s Westside Steak house in New York. While at Roth’s, the first wine list Merino developed received an award of excellence from Wine Spectator and month later he was initiated into the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Guild of Sommeliers. Experiments with creating his own cocktails while at Roth’s spurred Merino to enter the International Bar Show’s best cock-tail competition in 2005, where he won first prize for his drink.

2016 Judges

JUNIOR MERINO

JUNIOR MERINO

New York, NY

COMPANY: The Liquid Chef, LLC
theliquidchefinc.com

TODD THRASHER

TODD THRASHER

Alexandria, VA

COMPANY: Restaurant Eve
restauranteve.com

CLAYTON SZCZECH

CLAYTON SZCZECH

Mexico City, MX

COMPANY: Experience Tequila
experiencetequila.com

KELLIE THORN

KELLIE THORN

Atlanta, GA

COMPANY: Empire State South
empirestatesouth.com

JASON SILVERMAN

JASON SILVERMAN

New York, NY

COMPANY: Silverline Consulting
Tequilaexpertnyc.com