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 I finished business school and decided to work my way up the ladder at a financial institution. It didn’t take very long before I began to hate that corporate world.
What is your favourite cocktail?
Personally, I couldnt tell you what my favorite cocktail is, you see, it wouldn’t be fare to all the other cocktails. But the one that I have ordered the most at any given bar is the Negroni. It is my go-to cocktail, hard to miss, and tasty in all its variations.
If you could visit any bar in the world where would it be?
There is a bar I really want to check out… The Nightjar in London, I am a big fan of their over-the-top creativity. To put so much effort into just the presentation of a drink astounds me.
Where are you working now and what is your cocktail style for that bar?
I work at Patois, it’s a Jamaican/Asian restaurant. The cocktails I am working on for the new menu need to be fast in the making with persuasions of both culinary backgrounds. It’ll make for interesting bevvies.
Who is your mentor, if you have one?
My life took a different turn when my boyfriend who was a bartender, was getting his fingers wet in craft bartending. He encouraged me to get behind the stick. It brought me to life. I love the people, I love the ambiance, I love the craft. I love the man who pushed me to do it and he is now my husband in this very same competition. Though Tao has always been my mentor, we have very different styles. You’ll see ;)
To be creative is to be awake. To do what you love is to never work a day in your life.