We had a great savoury night at Rakı&Roll Cocktail Contest in Yosma London which is a famous Turkish Restaurant in London with the incredible creativity of seven bartenders. Congratulations to all of them and the talented winner Jon Rivera who won the prize € 2000 and a great trip to Istanbul.
You can find creative cocktails and bios of the bartenders below.
Jon Rivera from Fifteen's Bar – Rakı Milk Punch
Bio: After many years travelling and working in bars across the globe, including a stint in Sydney, Jon moved back to London where he was part of the Barbecoa group for 7 years before being made Bar Manager at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurants and bar.
Federico Pes from Brasserie Zedel – Serefe
Bio: Federico was born in 1989 in a small town in Sardinia, the Italian island in the Mediterranean. He became interested in bartending at the age of 16, where he was named the “cocktail maker" for house parties!
After finishing college Federico had the chance to spend a summer working in a sea-front bar front in his home town, before moving to Fortevillage Resort, Sardinia where he took a bartending course then worked there for the following two years. Five years ago he decided to move to the UK and has bartended in numerous establishments before moving to his current post as Head Bartender in Brasserie Zedel.
Daniele Rubegni from Mr.Fogg – Vaha
Bio: Daniele learned all of his tricks of the trade from the most famous and charismatic characters of the Italian bartending scene, where he worked in various luxury hotels. After four years he decided to embark on a new adventure and moved to London.
Radoslaw Różycki from The Cocktail Trading Company – Rawka
Bio: Rod is from the deepest depths of south Poland, and arrived in London 4 years ago to pursue his dream to make a career in the cocktail industry. He started his professional career in Original Sin, then moved to Beagle as a Head Bartender and is now trading cocktails and smiling at The Cocktail Trading Company.
Pierre-Marie Bisson from Milk & Honey – The Lion's Share
Bio: Pierre started bartending 10 years ago in Paris in a bar called La Perla – just like the one that closed recently on Maiden Lane, to make some money whilst studying. It wasn't long before he realized that he was drawn to spirits and wanted to learn more about mixing drinks. He then moved to bartend at Curio Parlor, the second venue of the Experimental Cocktail Group then the original site of ECC in Paris where he becomes Assistant General Manager. In 2012 he then moved to the London site, and after a few years moved on to work at Happiness Forgets as a Bar Manager. He has previously also worked at Basement State, a bar specialized in cocktails and desserts, before moving Milk and Honey two years ago, and has assumed the position of General Manager for the past year.
Marc Bolton from Blanchette – Bittersweet Symphony
Marc is from South Africa and has always had an interest in making cocktails and exploring new ingredients. He came to London 2 years ago to explore new possibilities and started off at a cocktail bar in Soho. With an interest for service and new challenges, he immediately took the position as a bartender at Blanchette where he could expand in a new environment and focus on his interests. Arturas joined the Blanchette family last year, he wanted to take a break from his studies in Lithuania so it was the perfect fit. He is now working part-time and studying creative music production and sound engineering at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP). He shares Marc's passion for cocktail making and mixology.
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