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Tony Abou-Ganim Becomes Director of Judging for SFWSC

With a palate able to distinguish characteristics of individual single malt whiskies and a comprehensive knowledge of the history of spirits and the origins of many cocktails, one of the most sought-after mixologists in the world, Tony Abou-Ganim, has been selected to be Director of Judging at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, an appointment that will elevate the reputation of the competition to a whole new level. His new position comes just in time to commemorate the competition’s 10th anniversary in 2010.
Abou-Ganim will join the competition’s founder and Executive Director, Anthony Dias Blue. “We are so pleased to have Tony take a lead position with the spirits competition. His addition solidifies the San Francisco World Spirits Competition as the most prestigious spirits competition in the U.S. thanks to the caliber of our judges and the vast array of international spirits submitted for our evaluation,” said Blue. Abou-Ganim joined the San Francisco World Spirits Competition as a judge in 2005.
Abou-Ganim noted, “It is a great honor to accept this opportunity. I believe the San Francisco World Spirits Competition has the finest collection of spirits palates in the U.S., and it is a privilege to work with such an esteemed group of my peers."

From cocktail program pioneer at Steve Wynn’s Bellagio in Las Vegas to mixologist extraordinaire of Iron Chef America, Abou-Ganim is considered progressive and influential in the industry. Founder of The Modern Mixologist, a beverage consulting firm that specializes in bar-staff training, product education and cocktail development, his new book, The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails, will be released in February.

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