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Aussie In The Mix With Local Bar Tenders

Aussie In The Mix With Local Bar Tenders
Mark Hickey, Mixologist and Brand Ambassador for Spirits Platform based in Australia shares his knowledge with FNU students at Namaka Campus. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
September 23
08:00 2016

 

 

Australian Mixologist and brand ambassa­dor for Spirits Plat­form, Mark Hickey, is in the country sharing his knowl­edge about mixing drinks with the local bartenders.

Mr Hickey visited and shared his wealth of knowl­edge and new cocktail mak­ing trends at bar venues like The Rhum Ba, Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Radisson Blu Resort, The Westin Fiji Resort and Spa, Nanuku Au­berge Resorts, and students of the Fiji National Univer­sity’s School of Hospitality.

Mr Hickey said it was un­fortunate that bartenders here did not have the re­sources available compared to their counterparts in Australia.

He said: “So it’s all about training and giving them the same tuition which we have in Australia, which makes good quality drinks and brings people back to Fiji and that is what it’s about bringing people here and giving them the sustain­ability in jobs.”

The visit was made pos­sible through Spirits Plat­form Australia, in conjunc­tion with The Coliseum – an event, accommodation and hospitality organisation based here and in Australia with over 25 years of hotel and restaurant management and preopening experience in Europe, South East Asia, Asia Pacific and Australia.

“The biggest thing I can say about hospitality is that you never ever learn too much, you’re always learn­ing and you’re always want­ing to learn and achieve something better,” Mr Hick­ey said.

The Coliseum managing director Valentin Corchado said the free short Mixology training session for FNU hospitality students was to encourage student partici­pation, where a mini compe­tition was staged.

“Again this kind of exer­cises bring out the commit­ment of local educational institutions such as FNU and their Head of Depart­ments to continue their rel­evance to an ever evolving and highly competitive hos­pitality industry,” Mr Cor­chado said.

“We are very fortunate to have Mark and Spirits Plat­form supporting our local industry.”

During the sessions, Mr Hickey used premium spir­its and liquor brands like Licor 43, Passoa, Cointreau, Villa Massa Limoncello, Sierra Café, Tia Maria and Disaronno.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

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