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Mixologists

Isaac Grillo

Growing up in Colorado, Grillo and his family shared a love for food and traveling, which sparked his interest in the hospitality industry. After high school graduation, he moved to Hawaii to attend Chaminade University, where he kept himself busy by working casual serving and bartending jobs. Hungry for more, Grillo furthered his education by taking culinary courses. Following his coursework, the budding mixologist put his knowledge to the test by experimenting with food and molecular mixology behind the bar at a number of high-profile restaurants and hotels around the country.

Today, Grillo is a celebrated professional in the spirits industry who has earned the respect of his peers, co-founding with his wife April, both Repour bar, Miami and Death or Glory bar in Delray Beach. His passion for craft spirits and enthusiasm for locally sourced ingredients are the source of his creative approach to mixology. He has also honed his talents as a captivating presenter, both on and off camera.

 Sarah Lawrence

Born and raised in the heartland of America, Sarah Lawrence was introduced to the hospitality industry at a young age. She got her official start in Miami working at several high-volume nightlife venues. After gaining local attention, she took the role as the head bartender of Hakkasan at Miami Beach's iconic Fontainebleau where she dove deep into the world of craft cocktails. In 2013 she was the technical winner of Miami’s Campari cocktail competition and in 2016 conquered Mandarin Napoleon's Battle of the Sexes; American Ladies vs Men of the world.

The next few years she traveled between New York and Miami consulting with venues, creating new cocktails and bespoke menus. These days you can find her back to her bartending roots behind the bar at Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. named #21 by World’s 50 Best Bars in 2018. Her precision and attention to detail, as well as her lively personality make her an invaluable asset.

Jonathan Pogash

Cocktail consultant and mixologist who travels the world spreading the philosophy and appreciation of the Cocktail. Some of Jonathan's bar clients include: The Campbell Apartment, The Empire Room, The Carnegie Club, The World Bar, Bookmarks Lounge, Madison and Vine, Crowne Plaza White Plains, Cove Lounge, The 5 and Diamond, Ventura's Offshore Café, and more.

Jonathan is a proud member and former president of the United States Bartender's Guild New York chapter. At present, he is the East Coast Regional Leadership Director for the USBG.

 Brian Sassen

Working as a teenager in bar settings, Brian always had a yearning to get behind the bar. Even after obtaining a degree in Psychology, all he wanted to do was bartend. So, he did.

He spent 10 years in New York City, followed by another 10 in Miami, spearheading numerous award winning cocktail programs. He parlayed that into his own bar consulting company, Gourmet Booze with a focus on the consumer and the home bartender, working alongside Isaac Grillo.

Brian is highly accredited and accomplished in the spirit and cocktail world and loves spreading the knowledge he has carefully curated over the past 2 decades. He is dedicated to having a good time, always, while crafting fun, innovative cocktails.

Tom Lasher-Walker

Tom Walker is an internationally renowned bartender, public speaker and drinks writer who has been in the food and beverage industry for over 15 years. He is best known for winning the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition with his drink the Maid in Cuba. A career bartender for over ten years, Tom has worked at some of the top bars in Edinburgh, London and New York, and has consulted on drink strategies for brands such as Monkey Shoulder, Dewars and Boodles Gin.

At the end of 2014 Tom moved across the Atlantic to work at the world-famous Attaboy, the acclaimed bar that occupies the old Milk & Honey site on 134 Eldridge Street in Manhattan, and went onto work some of New York’s best bars including Fresh Kills, Dutch Kills, Sunday in Brooklyn and Donna Cocktail Club Outside of the bar, Tom has featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Vice, and has conducted seminars and workshops in cities as far as Singapore, Moscow, and Mumbai. These days, Tom works at the Fontaine Bleau Hotel on Miami Beach. He currently lives with his wife in Miami, Florida.

Chandler Tomayko

 Chandler Tomayko is a professionally trained chef and bartender.  Throughout her career she has travelled and worked in beautiful places such as Costa Rica, Abu Dhabi, Hawaii, Italy, Austria, England and Spain.  She loves teaching, passing along tips and sharing stories.

Chandler has worked in all types of establishments from dive bars to Michelin star restaurants, this diverse experience allows her to bring a richness to her classes.  Her approach to mixology is a little unique because she constantly thinks about the kitchen and the bar.  Known for her quirky personality, pin up style and passion for mixing flavors together make her a memorable teacher.