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Kevin Delaney

When, where and why did you decide to start bar tending? My first time behind a bar was at an East Side Marios – I had been promoted from serving, although I still think to this day the drink I made the most behind that bar was a “kids chocolate milk”. What actually got me […]

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Tyler Newsome

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? I started at Auberge du Pommier when I was about 20 years old. I was looking to learn another section of the restaurant after being a busboy for a couple of years. I never expected myself to fall I love with it. What is your […]

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Erin Petty

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? It’s one of those “I accidentally got into bartending” scenarios. I started in the industry when I was 19. In my interview for what would eventually be my first serving job, the manager asked me to sell him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Based […]

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Jesse Borg

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? Like many people in this industry I got in this racket for one simple reason: I needed money. I was told I could parlay my charm and good looks (cough) into real legal tender while I was still in school. All my first bar tending […]

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Tao Zrafi

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? I moved from Tunisia to Montreal about 8 years ago to study design. After a few years, I needed a job with more cash and ended up being a waiter. I was fascinated more though by the aspect of bartending so, step-by-step, I made my […]

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Veronica Saye

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? I always knew I wanted to be a bartender. I remember being a kid and dining out with my parents – I was always fascinated by the people behind bars. My parents didn’t really keep booze, except for the occasional bottle of wine, in the […]

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Stephanie Lamb

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? I always worked in the service industry. I loved it. Even before I was old enough, I would help my parents out with their dinner parties. Oh, how they loved to host! That’s probably where I got it from. There was a brief moment when […]

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Chantelle Gabino

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? I’ve always loved hospitality, which often resulted in hosting massive dinners for friends and family. When I moved to Toronto from Vancouver, I worked in retail but needed to put myself through University for my Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media. With my preexisting […]

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Alex James

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? I started bartending in my kitchen after taking a bar course at Bartender One. Took a solid 6 months working in my own kitchen and buying every book I could before I ever worked in a bar. Then I landed a job at a dive […]

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Jacob Wharton-Shukster

When, where and why did you decide to start bartending? Started bartending a little bit in 2008; a little bit more when Origin opened, though I was on the floor as a waiter there. What is your favourite cocktail? Corpse Reviver #2 – delicious, boozy, balanced. Shaken or Stirred? Shaken first; stirred to follow. If […]

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