If there is one thing that Matt loves above all else, it is bartending. This despite the fact that he is also a Podiatrist, and actually came to bartending fairly late having already spent 8 years in hospitality as everything from a kitchen porter to award-winning barista before being asked one night to stand in for a colleague behind the bar. A customer ordered a cocktail, and that was it… Matt was hooked. A true cocktail aficionado, Matt is constantly honing his craft and developing his knowledge, exploring the latest techniques alongside tried and tested methods dating back centuries to the origins of modern-day favourites. He has an extensive library of reference books and has completed a number of professional bartending qualifications, which coupled with his natural flair and genuine warmth makes him one of the best hospitality professionals on the island. Customers are often curious about Matt’s latest creation and he is always happy to explain with much enthusiasm his experiments with new presentation ideas, recipes and making our house infused vodkas, liqueurs and bitters. Matt is from the UK and came to the island with his Bermudian wife in 2013. Despite working two jobs, he manages to find time to cultivate a small home vegetable garden and keep tropical fish.
Matt recently won the competition for Stoli Bermuda Cocktail Master 2015, and will compete in the regional final in August, see article.