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Hunter Hammett

Award-Winning Sommelier | Wine Judge | Wine Educator

Blending his discriminating palate, knowledge of wine, and love for fine dining service, Hammett has contributed as Lead Sommelier for The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton and later directed the wine program for Pyramid Restaurant & Bar, Fairmont. Expanding his expertise, as a sommelier in California, he worked for famed, James Beard nominated institutions: Mourad, Saison, Jardiniére, and Farmhouse Inn. Hammett has been featured in GQ, Esquire, and Wine Spectator magazines and several national publications for his outstanding dedication to wine and spirits. He is also a tenured wine judge for Sommelier’s Choice Awards, The Dallas Morning News and Grapevine International Wine Competitions and has proctored several wine examinations through the Society of Wine Educators.

Meet the other judges

Kat Hawkins

Wine Director at Miru, Tre Dita, and the St. Regis Bar, St. Regis, Chicago

Liz Kowal

Wine Certificate Instructor, Hospitality at College of DuPage