A software engineer by trade and a documentary photographer by schooling, Don Lee is a spirits and cocktail educator.
He got his start working as a bartender at the world renown Death and Company, then went on to become the Opening Beverage Director of PDT (Please Don't Tell). His next stop was at David Chang's Momofuku group, where he launched their hard spirits and cocktail programs. Don then served as the Founding Director of Product Development at Cocktail Kingdom, where he designed what would later serve as the benchmark for professional barware.
In the summer of 2018, Lee partnered with Dave Arnold to open the James Beard-nominated cocktail bar Existing Conditions. Two years later, in 2020, Lee won Best American Bar Mentor at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. He continues to hone his craft as one of the judges of the Ultimate Beverage Challenge and push for greater access to opportunities in the hospitality industry for all.