Chris Chamberlain is the Architect of the recently developed Indigenous Project - an exploration/documentation of foods indigenous to the America’s, and their uses not only within native cultures but how they can be brought into modern liquid culinary applications. In addition, Chris also serves as the National Beverage Development Manager, and award-winning mixologist, representing the E&J Gallo Spirits portfolio providing training, education, cocktail/menu consultation, and additional support to the national marketplace. Investing time into his own education, Chris is a graduate of the Beverage Alcohol Resource program, one of the highest distinctions a beverage professional can obtain in spirits and mixology, in addition to successfully completing the Certified Specialist of Spirits exam from the Society of Wine Educators.
With almost 3 decades of industry experience, Chris has spent years in hospitality service and has a decade of experience serving many roles within the Charmer Sunbelt Group, including Beverage Development Specialist. Serving as the ‘go-to’ for all things beverage within their distributor network, he has played an intricate role with the development, activation, and judging of many prestigious cocktail competitions in the northeast corridor, as well as extensive expertise in the development of many beverage programs across all on-premise/retail channels.
Not only a member of the USBG for 10+yrs, but Chris has also served as an active council member within the Philadelphia Chapter. In addition to his continued efforts to help develop, train, and educate the market, Chris has achieved multiple accolades within the industry, including many for his efforts in the WSWA Call for Cocktails competitions, and a win at the 2013 Iron Mixologist competition. His cocktails have been featured in various trade & media publications, and he has also conducted cocktail seminars at such events as the world renownedEpcot Food & Wine Show, and both Bar Convent Berlin/Brooklyn.