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Jeff Bell

PDT
General Manager
New York City
Jeff Bell is the General Manager at PDT in New York City and has been working there since 2010.
His career in hospitality began his in 2003 washing dishes and bussing tables as a college freshman. Originally just a flexible job to pay for school turned into much more as he worked his way up to bartender at the age of 21. His philosophy degree taught him that he would find much more enjoyment out of life pursuing a career in hospitality rather than in the finance job he took right out of college.
In 2009, two years after graduating from the University of Washington, Jeff packed up and moved to New York City to see what he could do in the most creative and competitive market in the United States. Bar Manager (at the time) Valerie Meehan of Danny Meyer's Maialino gave him his first promising job in the spring of 2010. At Maialino, Jeff elevated his level of service and sharpened his palate working with an extensive list of Italian wines, grappa and amari. Hoping to learn more about bartending and cocktails he asked Jim Meehan, Valerie's husband and managing partner of PDT, if he could come on board at the highly lauded bar. The only position available was a barback shift once a week that he gladly took.
Just a few months after taking the barback position at PDT, Jeff was offered a full-time position behind the bar. He quickly worked his was up to head bartender in the fall of 2010. During his time at the bar he has traveled to conduct seminars and served his and PDT drinks throughout the United States and internationally in Cape Town, Copenhagen, Vancouver, Berlin, Bangkok, London, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Bali, Manila, Taipei, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. In 2013 he received the Starchefs.com Rising Star Award for New York City, named one of Zagat's 30 under 30 for New York City and Diageo World Class American Bartender of the year. Jeff is also a judge for Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Beverage Challenge.


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