Today we profile DANIEL ELPHINSTONE of Orchid in Aberdeen and DAVID GODDARD of Bar One, Inverness.
David has worked in a variety of bars in Inverness, notably Johnny Foxes and Scotch & Rye but he’s now impressing customers with his cocktail making skills at Bar One. Said 24-year-old David, “I have kept my head down and learned a lot about cocktails on the job. I also like to get involved in selecting products and I like to think that I have a good knowledge of gin for example. We have a selection of 42 gins here that I helped select and I see my future career moving into becoming a brand ambassador for a gin.” David is also open to competing in cocktail competitions in the not too distant future. “Inverness is a bit quiet on the competition front but I plan to put myself forward for one in another city.” Away from the job David likes spending time with his two Springer Spaniels, Isla and Kiera
Daniel has been shaking, muddling and straining at The Orchid in Aberdeen for two-and-a-half years. The 23-year-old is originally from Stonehaven and last year, he came runner up in the No. 3 Gin competition in Aberdeen and made it to the UK finals of the Arbikie Race to Lunan Bay cocktail competition. This has been Daniel’s year for triumphing, however. He explained, “I won the Beefeater Stirring North competition and I’ve just actually returned from London because the prize included a tour of the Beefeater gin distillery down there which was really interesting.” What are Daniel’s future ambitions? “I definitely see myself going down the brand ambassador route. I already do a lot of work with Porter’s gin, including being a tour guide at the distillery.”