Talent

Immense Thank You to the 2024 Talent

The finesse and expertise of crafting a unique cocktail or the perfect culinary dish is a passion. Bourbon Classic celebrates the up and coming, as well as the seasoned talent of the bourbon world to explore and excite your senses!

Cheers to all the Bartenders and Chefs who make each Bourbon Classic event special. Here is the list of previous Cocktail and Culinary Challenge Winners.

2024 Talent Lineup

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Hannah Arbaugh

Bartender
Rabbit Hole Distillery
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Christopher Ayala

Executive Chef
Hotel Genevieve
TASTE VIP

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Noam Bilitzer

Owner / Chef
MeeshMeesh Mediterranean
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Robert Bleifer

Chef, Consultant, Culinary Producer

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge (Judge)

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Matt Bolus

Chef/Proprietor
Gertie's
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Sebastian Boynton

Executive Chef
Levy Restaurants
Bourbon Classic

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Kelsee Bryant

Beverage director
Decade Restaurant
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Paul Clarke

Editor in Chief
Imbibe
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge (Judge)

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Molly Cochran

Single Barrel Program Manager
Bulleit Distilling Co.
Bourbon University 

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Matt Combs

Culinary Director
Bluegrass Hospitality Group

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Michael Crouch

Executive Chef  
Watch Hill Proper

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Dave Cupolo

Executive Chef
Bluegrass Hospitality Group
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Randi Densford

Bar Manager
Barn8

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Glenn Dougan

Chef
The Kitchen Table
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Celeste Downey

Bartender
MeeshMeesh Mediterranean
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Adam Edwards

Brand Ambassador
Heaven’s Door

Bourbon University

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Paula Endara

Co-Executive Chef
Manchester Hotel
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Samantha Fore

Owner-Founder
Tuk Tuk

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge (Judge)

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Greg Galganski

Bartender
Proof on Main

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Connie Hartsock

Chef
POCO Pop Ups

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Haley Hogan

Bartender
The Kitchen Table
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Stephen Holden

Executive Chef 
21c Lexington Lockbox 
Top Shelf

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Lynn House

Portfolio Mixologist
Heaven Hill Distillery
Bourbon University

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Judy Hollis Jones

Co-founder and CEO
Buzzard's Roost
Bourbon University

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Freddie Johnson

Distillery VIP Visitor Lead
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Bourbon University

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Matt Johnson

Co Executive Chef
Decade Restaurant
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Justin Keating

Beverage Director
Bluegrass Hospitality Group

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Seth Kinder

Executive Chef
Barn8
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Nick Laracuente

Archivist and Exhibits Designer
Sazerac Company
Bourbon University

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Chris Lower

Bartender

Bluegrass Hospitality Group
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Dallas McGarity

Corporate Executive Chef
The Fat Lamb

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Josh Moore

Executive Chef and Managing Partner
Volare Italian Ristorante
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Barbie Mudd

Mixology Lead and Bourbon Specialist
Log Still Distillery
Cocktail & Culinary Competition

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Andy Myers

Co Executive Chef
Decade Restaurant
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Jayma Neese

Leading Bartender
Bob’s Steak and Chophouse

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Fred Noe

7th Generation Master Distiller
James B. Beam Distilling Company
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Bourbon University

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Freddie Noe

8th Generation Master Distiller
Fred B. Noe Distillery
A Classic Dinner with
Fred & Freddie Noe
Bourbon University

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Chef Irene O’Shaughnessy

Executive Pastry
Levy Restaurants

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Alex Parker

Sous Chef
Bob’s Steak and Chophouse
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Ming Pu

Executive Chef
Brooklyn and the Butcher

Cocktail & Culinary Challenge
Taste

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Shell Rapier

Bar Manager
Amsden Bourbon Bar
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Susan Reigler

Director of Whiskey Education for Buzzard's Roost
Bourbon University

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Emily Ryan

Bartender
Volare Italian Ristorante
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Em Sego

Bartender
Louisville Liquid Genie
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Abbey Simpson

Whiskey Guardian 
Angel’s Envy Distillery
Cocktail & Culinary Competition 

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Norma Smith

Bartender
The Manchester Hotel
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Cody Stone

Executive Chef
Proof on Main
Top Shelf
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Jordan Tycer

Bartender
Castle & Key Distillery
Cocktail & Culinary Competition

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Jaz’min Weaver

National Brand Ambassador
Bardstown Bourbon Co
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Michael Wedge

Executive Chef
Vallozzi’s Restaurant
Cocktail & Culinary Competition

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Lawrence Weeks

Head Chef
North of Bourbon
Cocktail & Culinary Challenge

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Harlen Wheatley

Master Distiller
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Bourbon University

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Dallas White

Bar Supervisor and Head of R&D
The Bar at Fort Nelson

Bourbon University

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Heather Wibbels

Managing Director
Bourbon Women Association
Taste

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Tom Wilburn

Bartender
Watch Hill Proper
Cocktail & Culinary Competition

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Andrea Wilson

Master of Maturation, Chief Operating Officer
Michter's Distillery
Bourbon University

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