Bartender Spirits Awards

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Juyoung Kang

Lead bartender at The Dorsey at The Venetian Las Vegas, Juyoung Kang has become an industry icon by working her way up in the ever-expanding world of mixology, while also using savvy networking acumen to establish herself as one of the top tastemakers in the country. Kang began her career in her hometown, Philadelphia, shortly before making her way to Los Angeles, where she worked at prestigious luxury resorts including The Peninsula Beverly Hills and Thompson Beverly Hills Hotel.

Combining innovative mixology techniques, an impressive resume, and a passion for cocktail culture, Kang has garnered a considerable amount of acclaim. In 2017, Wine Enthusiast named Kang on its list of "40 Under 40 Tastemakers," and was nominated by Eater Las Vegas as "Bartender of the Year." In 2015, she was the Nevada Restaurant Association's "Bartender of the Year" and, in 2014, won recognition as GQ and Bombay Sapphire's "Most Imaginative Bartender." Other professional accolades include recognition at The United States Bartenders Guild 2015 and 2016 Shake It Up, Liquor.com and Woodford Reserve's 2014 Manhattan Experience, and Bacardi Legacy 2014.

Kang volunteers her time mentoring aspiring industry professionals. In addition to participating in Tales of the Cocktail's prestigious Cocktail Apprentice Program, in which volunteers help put on a week-long event for industry professionals, media, and consumers to educate them on all things cocktail every July in New Orleans, Kang is also a consultant and spokesperson for Cocktail Artist cocktail mixers.

Kang loves to combine her passion for the beverage industry and community involvement. She take pride in mentoring her team – whereas several of her professional protégés have gone on to win esteemed mixology competitions and have landed positions at the most prestigious bars in the Las Vegas.

Most recently, Kang participated in Whiskey in Wilderness, benefitting the Urban Seed Foundation, Beast Feast which benefitted The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, and several events with U.S. Bartenders Guild of Las Vegas that have helped many other local charities.

Judges

Matthew Talbert

Bar Director & Assistant General Manager, Scomas Restaurant Inc, San Francisco