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Cocktail Competitions, How to Get Ready

Fabrizio Candino For about fifteen years in the hospitality sector, specializing almost immediately in the world of mixology. He became passionate about bartending, discovering not only cocktails but also cultures, stories, skills… He decided to take this profession around the world: Spain, Portugal, the United States, Mexico. He blends work with his greatest passions: a …

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The Philosophy of Handshake

Eric Van Beek BIO Born & raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Eric Van Beek started in hospitality at the age of 25. Starting relatively late, Eric was able to grow and gain success quickly in the international bar and cocktail world. Winning Bacardi Legacy Global Winner in 2018, and being rewarded in 2018, 2019 for …

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Discover the IG Grappa World

Intro BIO Introducing the Grappa World. Your gateway to the captivating world of this Italian distilled spirit. Our online grappa class is curated by Marco Todoerti, leader in this category, with a deep love for this age-old tradition. With a rich history dating back centuries, grappa is more than just a drink; it’s a cultural …

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ABC of Fermentation

Derek Stilmann BIO Born and raised in Miami, Florida and a graduate from FIU with a Bachelors in Hospitality Management, Derek Stillman has been in the hospitality industry for over 14 years, and have worked in almost every position from the back of the house to the front of the house. Over his career he …

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Balance Before Bar

Nicolas Torres BIO A San Francisco local, Nicolas Torres has been bartending in San Francisco for over 15 years. With extensive experience bridging neighborhood bars and dive bars to craft cocktail venues and fine dining establishments. Nicolas created the cocktail program at Lazy Bear in 2014 gaining two Michelin stars within the first 2 eligible …

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Jigger & Pony’s Creative Process

Giovanni Graziadei BIO Giovanni Graziadei, Jigger & Pony’s Bar Operations Manager hailing from Torino, Italy, first fell inlove with bartending while he was at university. Upon realising how much knowledge goes intomaking a drink, and the history behind each drink, Giovanni found himself continuing his bartendingjourney in London. At Jigger & Pony, Giovanni hopes to …

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The Fine Art of Japanese Bartending

Julia Momose BIO Julia Momose born and raised in Japan and now owner of Bar Kumiko, Chicago. Before settling in Chicago, Momose got her start bartending in New York, while attending Cornell. In 2012, she relocated to Baltimore to gain more hospitality experience. After accepting a bar chef position at The Aviary in 2013, she packed …

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The art of Aperitivo

Stacey Swenson BIO Stacey Swenson began bartending while attending college in her home state of Iowa. She continued working behind the bar when she moved to Chicago in her early 20s. Feeling creatively stifled, she moved to New York City to absorb the growing cocktail culture and develop her skills. She first landed at American …

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It’s all about the Guest!

Massimo D’addezio BIO Massimo D’Addezio was born into a family of restaurateurs and has continued along the same path whilst specializing in the art of mixing drinks and spirits. After having managed his own bar until the year 2000, the pivotal year in which he decided to take on a new challenge by joining the …

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