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Occupation: Bartender, 21 Degrees North, Turtle Bay.
Where were you born and raised? Born in San Diego and raised in California.
What is it that appeals about the bartending profession? The creativity that I’m allowed. And it’s fun working with different flavors, new ideas and even new alcohols. There’s a lot of room for creativity and invention.
What are the hottest new cocktails? There’s a cocktail renaissance right now and that’s really exciting. And infusions are really fun.
What do you expect from a good bartender? I expect them to be friendly and knowledgeable. And I expect them to have something of their own, rather than just creating the same drinks you’d find anywhere.
Favorite bars? The bar at BLT Steak, Waikiki. There’s a great bartender there. Gary, I think his name is. He’s one of the best bartenders I’ve ever met.
Favorite places to eat when you’re not working? Lei Lei’s Bar and Grill, BLT Steak ...
With whom would you most like to have a cocktail? Tom Colicchio. I’m a huge fan of his Craftsteak, Las Vegas restaurant. And John Cusack - he’d be fabulous to have a drink with.
What drink best represents Hawaii? Probably the mai tai. We have a martini mai tai at 21 Degrees North that doesn’t have any rum in it - it’s a mai tai with a twist.
Favorite bartending tool? Shaker with a plastic cover. You can get the drinks really cold without freezing your hands.
Anything about you that might surprise people? Mmm ... I used to be a rock climber.
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