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World Class Bartender: Jad Ballout, Garcia’s Cantina y Cocteleria, Lebanon

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

At the finals of Diageo Reserve Brand’s World Class Bartender Competition this year, I witnessed some incredible drinks being made.

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And some of those drinks were made by

Jad Ballout

Jad Ballout, Garcia’s Cantina y Cocteleria, Lebanon

Jad Ballout, Bar Manager at Garcia’s Cantina y Cocteleria in Beirut, got his start in the industry as a bar back at 18 years old.  Since then, he has worked in nearly every capacity behind the bar and in a range of diverse venues including nightclubs, restaurants, beach resorts, and cocktail bars.  He feels most comfortable at a cocktail bar where he loves interacting with guests and blending new flavours to create innovative drinks. To get inspiration for new creations, Jad visits local markets to search for unusual and interesting ingredients. When asked about WORLD CLASS, Jad notes: “WORLD CLASS motivates me to develop my skills and work hard on my creativity. It also puts me in contact with the best gurus and bartenders around the world with whom I can share my experience and learn from, and be exposed to different bartending cultures and styles.”

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