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Ricky Gomez

Like the cocktail, Richard Gomez was born in the Southern city of New Orleans, Louisiana. He first got behind the bar as a hobby and means to make extra spending money. However during a stint in the city’s iconic Garden District, Ricky became intrigued with New Orleans’s cocktail culture and began learning basic mixology techniques. Following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Richard’s culinary passion for great cocktails strengthened with the reopening of New Orleans landmark restaurant, Commander’s Palace. There, Richard learned the importance of fresh ingredients and helped perfect recipes inspired by pre-prohibition era cocktails to pair with the restaurant’s seasonal menu.

In the fall of 2008, Richard set out to enrich his knowledge of mixology by attending the Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) Educational Program in New York City as a work-study student. While enrolled, Richard learned from industry leaders such as Dale DeGroff, Steven Olson, Andy Seymour and David Wondrich to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the world of cocktails. Upon returning to New Orleans, Ricky got “behind the stick” at Cure, one of the most critically acclaimed cocktail destinations in the country. During his tenure, Ricky harnessed his creativity, style and palette to demonstrate the art of the crafted cocktail through both classic and innovative recipes. 

In 2010, Richard packed his bartools and moved across country to Portland, Oregon. Admiring the Pacific Northwest’s passion for culinary excellence, Richard made the city home and has worked at some of the city’s top cocktail establishments including Teardrop Lounge and Riffle NW. 

Living by his personal philosophy to “spread the gospel of cocktails,” Gomez applied to the USBG and Diageo World Class U.S. educational program in which he was selected as one of the program’s finalists. On June 19, 2012, Richard traveled to New York City to prove his skills against 20 of the nation’s top cocktail talent. Through his success in the program’s four challenges, Richard was named the first ever Diageo World Class U.S. Ambassador.  He then went on to place 5th in the global finals held in Rio de Janeiro.

After serving as Diageo World Class Ambassador for two years, Ricky has returned back to his hometown of New Orleans and back behind the bar at recently awarded to the list of Top 50 Bars in the World, Cure.  Most recently he was the opening head bartender at the newly opened Compere Lapin along side Top Chef competitor Nina Compton.

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