Lauren Paylor

Born in the Bronx, LP ventured to Washington, D.C. in 2010 to attend nursing school. While attending school she met Derek Brown. Fascinated by his love for the restaurant industry, LP became an employee of Drink Co. There, through intricate training, she established a thorough understanding of service, cocktails, spirits, and wine. As Lead Bartender, she assisted in the success of the establishments by providing staff members with guidance through education. She went on to become an F&B Manager for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Washington, D.C. where she was introduced to Management. She also worked as the brand ambassador for Seedlip in the Washington, D.C. area.

Lauren has competed in Diageo’s World Class US competition and placed in the top four in 2019. Additionally, she holds the title for the Hardy Cognac Legend Competition 2019 and the Cognac Connection Competition 2020.

Lauren is currently the co-founder and owner of Focus On Health, a company focused on health and wellness for food and beverage employees. She is a trainer with the Safe Bars organization, the social media coordinator for Speed Rack, a committee member for the RWCF Fund for Social Justice in Hospitality and a judge for the 2021 L.A. Spirit Awards & the 2021 TAG Global Spirit Award and most recently took on the role of R&D Production Chef at SIlver Lyan in the Riggs DC Hotel.

Paylor and her cocktails have been featured in publications such as Imbibe Magazine (print and online), Consumer Reports, NBC News, Wine Enthusiast, Williams Sonoma Blog, Washington Post, Essence, Southern Living, The Bitter Southerner, Cherry Bombe Drinks, Washington Post, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Thrillist, Eater, and Vine Pair. Lauren has been featured on Beverage Academy by Williams Sonoma and recently inducted into Bar International - Bar World 100 Most Influential Figures (2021) and Wine Enthusiasts 40 Under 40 (2021). She is also the newest U.S. inductee into the Dame Hall of Fame for Tales of The Cocktail (2021).