Member of the Spirits Judging Committee
Ian Burrell is one of the most travelled figures in the drinks industry, conducting masterclasses and seminars and judging spirits competitions on seven continents. He is currently the rum and cocktail specialist on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
In 2007, he created the world’s first international rum festival, the UK RumFest, inspiring the birth of rum festivals around the world. Seven years later, he broke the Guinness World Record for the largest organised rum tasting.
In 2018, Burrell was awarded the International Brand Ambassador of the Year award at the Spirited Awards, part of the Tales of the Cocktail celebrations in New Orleans. In 2019, he was named the 23rd most influential person in the bar world by Drinks International.