2015 Cocktail Apprentice Team
Cocktail Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn alongside renowned mixology experts during this summer’s Tales of the Cocktail® festival
NEW ORLEANS—May 20, 2015—Tales of the Cocktail® is proud to announce its 2015 class of the Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP), sponsored by BarSmarts® and Pernod Ricard USA. “Pernod Ricard is extremely excited to sponsor the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail® Program. The CAP program is the industry's leading apprenticeship program, founded on the principals of team building and craftsmanship, which is why it is the perfect fit for BarSmarts. Together we are helping to educate and inspire the future leaders of our industry” said Chris Patino, Director of Brand Education at Pernod Ricard USA.
Forty accomplished bartenders from around the world were selected to learn alongside some of the world’s most respected mixologists as they work the seminars and large-scale events at Tales of the Cocktail® 2015. These first-time apprentices will be joined by an experienced group of managers, assistant managers and leaders who will use their apprentice experience in leading this year’s program. Throughout the festival, apprentices can be identified by the color of their chef coats: White for managers, black for assistant managers, grey for leaders and red for apprentices.
“Every class of apprentices is truly unique. The talents they bring. The regions of the world they represent. I cannot wait until we bring this group of incredibly talented bartenders together,” said Paul Tuennerman, Co-Founder of Tales of the Cocktail. “After the week here at Tales, they’ll have a whole new set of experiences to take home with them.”
The Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentice Program was developed in 2008 to give talented bartenders the opportunity to apprentice with skilled veterans to further hone their craft. Working directly with presenters during the highly sought after seminars, the program gives participants an opportunity to work on large scale events while learning first-hand about their craft’s history and its new directions. Apprentices continue to take these skills to new achievements in their home bars and personal work following Tales of the Cocktail®. The team camaraderie and dynamics they learn and foster during this week have also become some of the most valuable tools that apprentices carry on with them.
"The CAP program has had a profound influence on both my personal and my professional life. This program has given me the confidence to take a leap of faith professionally and move into an ambassadorial role. More importantly it has helped me be a stronger, kinder and more thoughtful human being. For this I am eternally grateful." said Zahra Bates, CAP Leader.
This year there were an outstanding number of applicants from 35 states and 10 countries, including Canada, China, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, U.K. and U.S. Apprentices were selected based on recipe submissions, teamwork and experience level within the industry. The team was designed to ensure a balance and diversity between both lifelong bartenders and those newer to the industry.
“The thing that excites me the most about having the opportunity to participate in the CAP 2015 class is working beside people from all over the world who are as passionate about this industry as I am.” said Bazil Zerinsky, Cocktail Apprentice.
After serving at this year’s festivities, this year’s apprentices will be eligible for the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program. In 2010, Tales of the Cocktail® founded a $30,000 annual scholarship program developed exclusively for former cocktail apprentices to pursue additional learning opportunities. Following an extensive multi-step selection process, former apprentices are chosen to receive funding for projects ranging from expanding career experiences to educating the cocktail community.
For more information about the Cocktail Apprentice Program as well as bios for the 2015 CAP team, visit TalesoftheCocktail.com.
|Cris Dehlavi M Restaurant Columbus, Ohio, USA|
New York, New York, USA
John Deragon Casa Tranquila New York, New York, USA
Leo Robitschek NoMad Hotel New York, New York, USA
Trevor Kallies Donnelly Group Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
Mike Ryan Kimpton Hotels Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Karah Carmack The Monterey San Antonio, Texas, USA|
Death & Company
New York, New York, USA
Jenner Cormier Bar Raval Toronto, Ontario, CAN
Alex Renshaw Bordel Chicago, Illinois, USA
Nathan O’Neil Dandelyan London, England, UK
Ciaran Wiese Agustin Kitchen Tucson, Arizona, USA
|Zahra Bates Courvoisier Los Angeles, California, USA|
New York, New York, USA
Emily Burns Rye Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Christina Maffei Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Justin Lane Briggs Brooklyn & Burlington New York, New York, USA
Robert Murphy Chicago, Illinois, USA
Logan Demmy Mouton Columbus, Ohio, USA
John Nugent Re:public Seattle, Washington, USA
Joy Flanagan Armsby Abbey Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Antonio Parlapiano Jerry Thomas Project Rome Rome, Italy
Samuel Gauthier Boilermaker New York, New York, USA
Andrea Tateosian Urbana Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Alex Gregg Moving Sidewalk Houston, Texas, USA
Angel Teta Araula/Angel’s Envy Portland, Oregon, USA
Dean Hurst Haven Restaurant Tampa, Florida, USA
Scott Tipton Liquid Minded Concepts Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Laura Kelton Fulton Market Kitchen Chicago, Illinois, USA
Mariangela Urquizo Interval San Francisco, CA, USA
Jessica Lambert The Dawson Chicago, Illinois, USA
Hannah Waters 28 HongKong St Singapore
|Melanie Aumais Maison Sociale Montreal, Quebec, CAN|
Jad Ballout Central Station Boutique Bar Lebanon
Naomi Leslie Dear Irving New York, New York, USA
Raffaele Bellomi Archivio Verona, Italy
Claudia Lombardozzi Jerry Thomas Project Rome, Italy
J Scott Birch Peche Austin, Texas, USA
Sam Lyden Presidio Chicago, Illinois, USA
Miranda Breedlove Broken Shaker Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA
Kristina Magro Fulton Market Kitchen Chicago, Illinois, USA
Madison Burch Seven Lamps/Tavern Pointe Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Bridget Maloney Witness Bar and Tavern Law Seattle, Washington, USA
Jodi Calderon Osso Los Angeles, California, USA
Elliot Mizuki Polite Provisions San Diego, California, USA
Amanda Carto Butterjoint Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Rebecca Monday Curio Columbus, Ohio, USA
Clairessa Chaput Franklin Cafe Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Andy Nelson Finch and Fork Santa Barbara, California, USA
Chris Cleary The Squeaky Bean Denver, Colorado, USA
Daniel O’Connell Presidio Chicago, Illinois, USA
Pietro Collina NoMad Bar New York, New York, USA
Steven Santillan The Esquire Tavern San Antonio, Texas, USA
Tom Dufek Merchant Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Brendan Schatti Thoroughbred Food and Drink Toronto, Ontario, CAN
Justin Duffin Ginger Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Jack Schramm Booker and Dax New York, New York, USA
Aisling Gammill Drink.Well.& Whisler’s Austin, Texas, USA
Berit Jane Soli-Holt Felinia Bar Mexico, Districto Federal, MX
Harrison Ginsberg The Dawson Chicago, Illinois, USA
Carlos Soto Jules Basement Mexico City, Mexico
Anna-Korine Hada PDT New York, New York, USA
Diane Vandenbroucke Red House Paris, France
Christian Hurtado Mezon Tapas Bar & Neat Westport, Connecticut, USA
Jesse Vida The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog New York, New York, USA
Jennifer Jarvis Roux Louisville Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Adil Yamin Adil Detroit, Michigan, USA
Benjamin Jeffers ABV San Francisco, California, USA
Taeeun Yoon THE BEASTRO Seoul, South Korea
Juyoug Kang BLVD Cocktail Company Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Bazil Zerinsky Treaty Oaks Distilling Co. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
About Tales of the Cocktail®
The Spirits Are Calling. Will you answer? They’re calling you to New Orleans for five days of seminars, tastings, product launches, competitions, networking events and so much more at the world's premier professional cocktail event. By just being a part of this spirited gathering you’ll help your fellow cocktail professionals around the world. Funds from Tales of the Cocktail® are invested back into the industry through scholarships, tuition reimbursements, training programs and financial aid. So join us as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world through education and outreach. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number of events including Tales of the Cocktail®, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, and Tales of the Toddy® with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through educational programs, scholarships, training programs and financial aid.
About Pernod Ricard USA®
Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, which employs a workforce of nearly 19,000 people worldwide and is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI). The company’s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth™ Gin, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avión™ Tequila; such superior wines as Jacob's Creek®, Kenwood® Vineyards and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.
Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 850 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.
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