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Colin Hofer

General Manager of Restaurants, Four Seasons Chicago

I’m a hospitality leader who enjoys giving curated and transportive experiences. I love being able to nudge others into experiencing art through food, drink and restaurants. I was awarded Sommelier of the Year by Michelin Guide in 2022 for my work at Goodfunk and Porto.

I played college basketball at Westmont College, Santa Barbara CA, where I studied English Literature. In my free time, I enjoy reading the New Yorker, competing in triathlons, collecting vinyl and playing guitar.

Meet the other judges

Arthur Hon

Beverage Director at the Modern, Union Square Hospitality Group, New York

Marsha Wright

CSW, WSET, CSWS, Corporate Lead Sommelier at Greek Brands, DineAmic Hospitality, Chicago

John Maraffa

Corporate Beverage Manager, Morton's The Steakhouse | Strip House Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge | Morton's Grille