Bridget Albert developed her techniques and talent tending bar at great establishments most notably the $1.6 billion Las Vegas resort, the Bellagio. She studied under Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and completed his cocktail and spirit program. Bridget is the author of "Market Fresh Mixology." Bridget is a champion for uncomplicated recipes, bright flavor, and fresh ingredients. She designs cocktails for the top restaurants, bars, hotels and lounges in the state of Illinois. She has won numerous awards and honorable mentions in U.S.B.G. and Bellagio classic cocktail competitions. This includes 1st place at the Tale of the Cocktail Bar Chef Competition, 2nd place at the Bacardi Martini Grand Prix World Finals in Turin, Italy, 3rd place in the Pitu Cacacha Nationals in Las Vegas, and 1st place in the Bellagio Classic Competition. She has had the pleasure of hosting charity cocktail clinics for a variety of companies, including the Bellagio, Locks of Love ,Sky Blue, Cocktail for a Cure, Make a Wish Foundation, Hadassah, and Taste of the Nation. Bridget was a part of Livio Lauro's team of curators for the Museum of the American Cocktail at the 2004 U.S.B.G. National Convention, the world's largest contribution to the cocktail to date. Currently she holds the position as Master Mixologist at Southern Wine and Spirits of IL. Bridget is the Director of the Academy of Spirits and Fine Service, a program for bartenders that covers the history of all spirits and pre-prohibition cocktails. She has been feature in the following publications and TV programs: Bloomberg Wire, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Gourmet Magazine, Bartenders Magazine, Wine Spectator, Cheers Magazine ,Night Club and Bar Magazine, The Balance, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Red-Eye, Joliet Herald News, Time Out Chicago Magazine, Coal City Courant, Chicago Scene, Chicago Social, BBC, CNN, CNBC, Daily Buzz Show, Exploring Joliet, Louisville, Ky. Morning Show, Fox News Chicago, NBC5 Taste, First Look, CBS Morning News Chicago, ABC Morning News Chicago, Roe Con Show WLS, Martha Stewart Radio, CLTV, Oprah.com, Playboy.com and Food Network Iron Chef America. Bridget's hopes are to continue inspiring consumers to learn and spread her love for knowledge of liquors and fine spirits. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, Jamie, and daughter, Paige, where she continues to create new cocktails.
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