This month we profile ten of the best, starting with STEFANIE ANDERSON of Bon Vivant in Edinburgh and JEFFREY BERRAOUI of Tippling House in Aberdeen.
Stefanie, 25, is a bartender at Edinburgh’s Bon Vivant. Originally from the Isle of Siel, near Oban, this is where she first cut her hospitality teeth working as a KP in a local hotel. But she really got the taste for it while
working behind the bar at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh when she
was a student.
“After graduating in business and events, I began to take career bartending
more seriously,” she said.
What’s her proudest achievement so far? “Winning the Talisker Race to Skye Cocktail competition last year, which involved three days of blind tasting and nosing plus a mastermind round.”
As for people she admirers in the industry, she said, “Kaitlyn Stewart, who won the World Class last year, shows bartending in a new light. She rocks up with a t-shirt and tattoos and helps shake off any male-dominated stuffy image the industry used to have.”
Jeffrey, 25, has bartended at Aberdeen’s Tippling House for about a year. He hails from Leicester, came to Aberdeen for university, and this is when he first got into bartending.
He has also worked at The College Bar in Aberdeen. Earlier this year he won the Scottish round of the No 3 Gin competition. Explained Jeffrey, “It took place at Edinburgh’s
Balmoral Hotel and there were 12 contestants from across Scotland in all.” Jeffrey’s future ambitions are wide-ranging. He explained, “I’d love to open my own bar, but that’s a long way off in the future. I want to keep working for the moment, including in mainland
Europe and southeast Asia. I actually speak a little Japanese and am influenced by KazuoUyeda. His book ‘Cocktail techniques’ was what first fired my interest in the industry.”