Winner of two James Beard Awards for Wine & Spirits Professional and Food & Beverage, Master Mixologist DALE DEGROFF is the author of The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail (Random House). His enormous influence in the bar world has spanned three decades. DeGroff aka "King Cocktail" developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at great establishments, most notably New York's famous Rainbow Room, where in the '80's, he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails. DeGroff has since been credited with reinventing the bartending profession, setting off a cocktail revival that continues to flourish.
DeGroff is also a partner in the award-winning bar training program, Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) and is the Founding President of the Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) located at the Southern Food & Beverage Institute in New Orleans