Lavachek was a Cocktail Apprentice in 2011 and is joining the team again in 2012 as a returning Apprentice. She is excited to have joined Leo Robitschek and his team this May at the newly three-starred NoMad Hotel in New York. Lavachek is an accomplished bartender who has been committed to fostering and maintaining a healthy, zealous cocktail culture. She was recently the Treasurer of the United States Bartenders’ Guild Illinois Chapter, and Secretary of the 2nd Chicago Chapter of LUPEC. Lavachek simultaneously upheld positions at both newly Michelin-starred Sepia and at Double A Lounge. Lavachek’s passion has been highlighted and praised by publications such as TimeOut Chicago and the Huffington Post. The latter named her one of two Bartenders to Watch, and a “stealth force behind two of Chicago’s most buzzed-about cocktail lounges.