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Brian Van Flandern

Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirit
Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Education
World-renowned mixologist, spirits historian, industry influencer and cocktail book author Brian Van Flandern has been a professional bartender in New York City for over 25 years and was named America’s Top Mixologist by The Food Network.  From 2004-2007 Brian helped open Chef Thomas Keller’s Michelin three-star restaurant Per Se as the head mixologist.  Applying Chef Keller’s philosophy of flavor profiling to cocktails has earned Brian international recognition as one of the world's preeminent cocktail artisans and spirit authorities.

In 2008 Brian founded Creative Cocktail Consultants (www.MyMixologist.com), a global beverage consulting firm dedicated to spirits education, innovating cutting-edge cocktail lists and training professional bartenders in the art of mixology, comprehensive spirits education and Michelin three-star hospitality dining and beverage standards.  He has designed cocktail programs for famous chefs Thomas Keller, Mario Batali and Geoffrey Zakarian.  His unique recipes can be found in the finest restaurants, resorts, and cruise lines in over forty countries worldwide.

Some of Brian's television appearances include a featured segment on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue", “The Barefoot Contessa" on The Food Network, CBS’s “The Early Show” and “Foodography” on the Cooking Channel, "The Wall Street Journal Live" and "Market Makers" on the Bloomberg Channel.  The Wall Street Journal and Food Arts Magazine have written feature articles on Brian Van Flandern's innovative and unique recipes as well as his meticulous attention to detail.

In 2008 Tanqueray Ten Gin names Brian one of the top ten bartenders in the world and that same year Brian is hired by Diageo as their first-ever Global Brand Ambassador.   This year Brian also renovates the bar program at The Carlyle hotel in New York City.

In 2017, The Gourmand Cookbook Awards announces Brian’s fourth book: Tequila Cocktails in collaboration with Randy Gerber and George Clooney and won The Best Cocktail Book in the USA