Valerie Cao

Director of Operations and Beverage Director at Le Colonial Chicago

Currently at Le Colonial Chicago as Director of Operations and Beverage Director (employed with Le Colonial since 2002). Proud to be working with a team of seasoned veteran employees who've been happily serving Le Colonial's treasured guests for over two decades.

Helped open Grace with owners Chef Curtis Duffy & Michael Muser. Was Beverage Director & Chief Sommelier during Grace's illustrious five years (2012-2017). Grace earned 3-star ratings with the prestigious Michelin Guide.

Meet the other judges

Will Parsons

Vice President, International Operations & Global Portfolio Manager at PARSONS FINE IMPORTS

Christian Shaum

Lead Sommelier at Bazaar Meat & Bar Mar Chicago & CMSA Advanced Sommelier, Chicago

Kat Hawkins

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