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Matthew Dakers

At 15 Matthew first worked as a glass collector for a cocktail bar in Scotland, it was better than a paper round. His first bartender role was Henry J Bean's who taught him flaring, discipline, speed and efficiency whilst still being able to have fun. Matthew then moved onto privately owned bars that focused more on etiquette and mixology.

Four years on, and university completed, Matthew took a couple of years out in Ibiza to get some sun whilst still doing what he loved. He worked at the famous Café Mambos and served cocktails while watching the sun set every day.

After Ibiza he decided to put himself up against the best and learn from the best. Instead of going back to Scotland at the end of the Ibiza season, Matthew moved onto the sunny climes of Barcelona. He was lucky enough to get to work at The Dry Martini where he learnt how to adapt to a completely different culture and style.

Not too long after Matthew moved on again to London which was fast establishing itself as the “Capital of Cocktails”. He started at The Hoxton Pony, winner of Best New Bar 2009, working for drinks legends Andy Pearson and Gerry Calabrese, and after only a year Matthew became Head Bartender and nominated Class Best Bartender of 2009 and 2010.

Matthew became the official Stolichnaya brand ambassador in 2013 and now travels the world sharing the message that ‘The Most Original People Deserve The Most Original Vodka’.

Notable bars tended:

• Dry Martini with Paco Garcia, Barcelona

• Hoxton Pony with Gerry Calabresse & Andy Pearson, London

• Trailer Happiness with Rich Hunt, London

• Mahiki with Georgi Radev, London

• Whistling Shop with Ryan Chetiyawardana, London

Competitions Won:

• Cutty Sark National 2009

• Barcardi Legacy 2010

• Drambuie National 2010 and 2011

• UK Tiki Team at Miami Rum Renaissnace 2011

Other Drinks Achievements:

• Drinks recipes published in both the Diffords Guide and Gary Regan’s Best Cocktails

• Designed and served cocktails for the McLaren F1 Racing Team at the Monaco Grand Prix

• Served cocktails in the elite Virgin Upper Class Lounge

My Personalities Sessions

Saturday, July 18

3:00pm CDT