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Zdenek Kastanek

28 HongKong Street/Proof & Company
Barkeep/General Manager
Singapore
OVERVIEW
One of the most respected names in the bar industry, Zdenek is a cocktail competition veteran who has trained thousands of bartenders across four continents. He has twice represented the United Kingdom in cocktail world cups and has been a shortlisted finalist for the industry’s most prestigious individual award – International Bartender of the Year – no less than three times. Prior to joining Proof & Company, he managed the award-winning bar program at Quo Vadis in London and was a member of Coca-Cola’s international flavor development team.
RECENT WORK
In addition to maintaining a bartender residency at Singapore’s 28 HongKong Street, Zdenek works closely with hospitality clients around Asia: private islands, a super yacht or two, the first craft cocktail program in Burma, and some of Singapore’s most respected local and international chefs. These assignments span concept and menu development, bar design, spirits curation, staff training and education, and high profile event bartending. In early 2015, Zdenek stepped up to a business leadership position and is currently General Manager, Singapore at Proof & Company.

SELECT AWARDS
• World’s 10th Best Bar, Drinks International (2013 & 2014)
• Best International Cocktail Bar, Spirited Awards (2014)
• Finalist for International Bartender of the Year,
Spirited Awards (2012, 2013, 2014)
• United Kingdom Winner and Representative, Bacardi Legacy Global Final (Puerto Rico, 2012)
• Team United Kingdom, 42 Below Cocktail World
Cup (New Zealand, 2011)
• Best New Cocktail Bar in the United Kingdom, Quo
Vadis (2009)