why/how are you in the restaurant industry?
I started working in this industry almost 14 years ago. At first this was a job to put me through college, then it became my passion. I love being able to create cocktails that people enjoy, to train others to be able to do a job that helps them provide for their families, to give complete strangers an awesome experience that makes their day just a little better. This industry has created a pretty good life for me.
it can be a really tough business, what keeps you here?
It's challenging - but I enjoy a good challenge. This industry is constantly evolving - so I'm constantly learning. If you get bored, you're not capitalizing on all of the amazing knowledge out there. Beer is evolving, wines are endless, cocktails have absolutely no limits anymore. It's honestly incredible.
do you feel a drive to take care of people?
100% - My job is literally to make people have a good time. It's simply a perk that I get to create a menu with my bar team and put it in front of people and hear their positive feedback and see they're having a good night and knowing we're helping do that for them.
from where do you source your inspiration to create?
My peers ! I happen to be friends with A LOT of outrageously talented mixologists, bar managers and bar owners. Their successes are inspirational. This industry is all about support from your fellow bartenders ... We are our biggest advocates !
do you consider yourself an artist?
Absolutely. When you can put 5 random ingredients in front of a mixologist and they create something delicious - that's art work, baby.
how has cure helped you grow as a service professional?
I was given 100% creative freedom. I was given 100% trust into training my bar staff. I was given 100% support in whatever I needed to make the bar successful. Having support like that, makes such a difference. I became stronger creatively with no boundaries, I became a stronger teacher to train and educate the staff on things I know and am still learning, and I became a stronger person in general.
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