Ahead of the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2020, which takes place on November 10th, we caught up with some of last year’s winers to find out what winning has done for their business and what it has meant for them personally.
Emma Moody, formerly of No.1 in Edinburgh, won the William Grant & Sons Bar Apprentice programme.
She said of the experience, “The mentors from William Grant & Sons were so knowledgeable about the brands and about the industry in general and because we did such intensive training I learned everything from the chemistry behind creating the drinks to different marketing techniques used – and everything in between. All the other apprentices were such lovely people and everybody gave their heart and soul to it so it was such a great atmosphere and very inspiring too.
I was still working in No.1 in Edinburgh up until November last year when I went to do a yoga course in India and the Glenfiddich ambassador that I met during the apprenticeship happened to know the master distiller at the Paul John distillery near where I was staying and he arranged for me to do some work experience there which was wonderful.”