Jon McDaniel

Head of Wine Education at Scout & Cellar, Chicago, IL

Jon McDaniel is one of the most recognized wine educators and professionals in America. He was Food + Wine Magazine’s Sommelier of the Year, on Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers and has been knighted in both Piemonte and Verona, Italy. Having worked in every aspect of the wine industry, he brings expertise and enthusiasm to both the consumers and wine trade. He is winemaker of Amos Cellars in Sonoma, a Professor of Hospitality and Economics at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Harvard Business School, and most recently, Jon was a founding member of the United Sommeliers Foundation, raising funds for unemployed wine professionals. 

Meet the other judges

Mark Guillaudeu MS

Master Sommelier, 2022 Best USA Sommelier, #6 Best Sommelier of the Americas 2022, #15 Best Sommelier of the World 2023 and Sommelier at Wrigley Mansion, Phoenix

Valerie Cao

Director of Operations and Beverage Director at Le Colonial Chicago