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World Class Bartenders Make the Best Bartending Instructors

BartenderOne certified instructors are hand picked and go through rigorous instructor training and apprenticeship for no less than 132 hours before they ever teach a class. You don’t have much time to learn to bartend, and you definitely don’t have any time to waste. Your bartending instructors will make sure that every minute of every class is packed with relevant material on how to bartend, sell and serve alcohol responsibly and make money for both yourself and your bar. All of the BartenderOne instructors also work private and corporate events with the Movers’n’Shakers.

Gavin MacMillan

Gavin has worked all over the world from London to Singapore, and Bangkok to Birmingham, with hundreds of restaurant and bar concepts. He has been featured in music videos, on the Entertainment Tonight, Travel Channel, A&E, CBC Venture, City TV's Breakfast Television, E! Entertainment Television, The Toronto Sun, Metro News, Bar and Beverage, Liquor Canada and many more. He can be seen on world championship competition DVD's, and he continues to train and compete with the world's finest bartenders. Gavin's monthly columns "Raising the Bar" and “Behind Bars” are read by more than 60,000 people every month in the both Bar and Beverage Magazine and the Canadian Restaurant and Food Service News. He also co-authored Maran's Illustrated Bartending - the bestselling complete home bartenders guide available at bookstores everywhere. Gavin is happy to be working the Canadian Restaurant and FoodService Association to help shape the way the Canadian Bartending Industry approaches mixology. He has developed training programs and menus for A-list clients all over North America. Gavin is one of the founding members of BartenderOne.

  • 1996
    Food and Beverage Director
    Kingswood Music Theatre,Paramount Parks, Toronto, ON
  • 1997
    Head Bartender at the GLC and Corporate Trainer
    Intrawest Resorts at Whistler, BC.
  • 1998
    Corporate Trainer, Team Leader
    Montana's Cookhouse Saloon, Toronto, ON.
  • 1999
    Broke national one day sales record
    TGIFriday's Melbourne, Australia.
  • 2000
    National Corporate Trainer
    TGIFriday's, Birmingham, England
  • 2001
    Ranked #1 in the UK
    TGIFriday's flagship location in London, England.
  • 2002
    6th Place Amateur Division
    World Bartending Championships, Orlando, FL, USA.
  • 2003
    2nd Place Tandem Division
    3C World Bartending Championships, Panama City.FL, USA.
  • 2004
    Movers'n'Shakers
    Canada's Largest Team of Performance Flair Bartenders
  • 2005
    Top Canadian - Legends of Bartending
    Las Vegas Nevada,USA.
  • 2006
    Published Bestselling "Maran's Illustrated Bartending" Book
    for sale worldwide
  • 2007
    BartenderOne
    Fastest Growing Group of Bartending Schools
  • 2008
    Executive Bar Chef
    Synergy Bar and Bistro, Wyndham Hotels.
  • 2009
    1st Place Champion
    International Cocktail Experience. Wyborowa Equisite Vodka, Beefeater 24 Gin

Favourite Cocktail

Negroni

1 oz No 209 Gin

1 oz Campari

1 oz Italian Sweet Vermouth

2 Dashes of Angostura Orange bitters

Build equal parts over ice in a rocks glass, top with bitters and a flamed orange zest.

Garnish with an orange boat

Favourite Shot

Liquid Cocaine

1/2oz. Jagermeister

1/2oz. Goldschlager

David Jennings

Just nine months after he began training, David took top honours in his first ever competition, and he has never looked back. He is currently Canada's top ranked flair bartender. He has been featured on Breakfast Television, CBC's Venture, The Food Service News, and as a "Hot Shot" in Bar & Beverage Magazine. After enjoying several years as a senior flair instructor with BartenderOne, David got his solo TV debut as "Mike" in the new Mike's Hard Lemonade commercials. You can check out the commercial at www.myspace.com/bartenderone

David has recently been promoted to National Event Manager with The Movers'n'Shakers, Canada's Largest Team of Performance Mixologists where he manages and staffs over 1000 events per year.

Favourite Cocktail

Crown Manhattan

2oz. of Crown Royal

1/2oz. of sweet vermouth

Chill ingredients by stirring with ice and a dash of bitters.

Served straight up in a chilled martini glass garnished with a cherry and a twist of lemon.

Favourite Shot

Red Headed Sluts

1/3oz. Jagermeister

1/3oz. Peach schnapps

1/3oz. Cranberry juice.

Rob Renda

Young blood on the bartending scene, Rob Renda is an instructor for BartenderOne and a professional and performance mixologist for the Movers and Shaker's Event Team. He has been bar-tending for 2 and a half years all over Ontario. He is also very devoted to the flair bartending that has completely changed his life for the better. His theatre background makes him the perfect people person, an asset to bartending. You can find Rob at the new Jack Astor's in the St. Lawrence Market, making tasty cocktails, making friends, and putting on a bit of a flair show as well. When Rob isn't in front of a class or behind the wood at Jacks or at an event, he is a sleight of hand card handler, so feel free to ask because he's always got a deck of cards on him.

Favourite Cocktail

Tom Collins

1.5oz Gin

Juice of half a lemon

1oz simple syrup

Top with soda

Favourite Shot

Polar Bear

1/2oz Peppermint Schnapps

1/2oz White Creme de Cacao

Shake with ice and strain into shot glass

Sid Sawant

After graduating the Bartender One Master Class and moving through the Blazer's Challenge Sid's skills as a bartender were clearly evident. His passion for photography and teaching made it a no-brainer for an invitation to join the Bartender One team. You can see Sid's photographs on the Bartender One Facebook page and website, and you can try one of his delicious drinks at College Street Bar.

Favourite Cocktail

Manhattan

1.5 oz Marker's Mark Bourbon

0.5 oz Antica

2 Dashes of Angostura bitters

Stirred and served in a rocks glass, with 2 dashes of bitters and orange zest.

Favourite Shot

Liquid Cocaine

1/2oz. Jagermeister

1/2oz. Goldschlager

Ryan Desjardins

Just after completing the BartenderOne Master Class, Ryan was invited by the BartenderOne team to travel to Windsor, Ontario to watch Super Flair 5. After attending his first competition he was hooked. Two weeks later he competed and won his first ever competition. With a thirst for more knowledge, Ryan enrolled in the International Bartender Certificate which was taught by Gavin MacMillan. After impressing all the judges with his creative cocktails Ryan was then asked to join the BartenderOne team. Ryan has been a Barista for just over 3 years, and is now the head instructor of BartenderOne’s Buena Barista coffee program. In his spare time he enjoys competing in flair competitions, skydiving and playing hockey.

Favourite Cocktail

The Negroni

1oz. Gin

1oz. Campari

1oz. Sweet Vermouth

Stirred and strained over fresh ice with a Flamed grapefruit zest.

Favourite Shot

The Irish Car Bomb

3 oz. Guinness

.5oz. of Baileys

.5oz. of Irish whiskey

Irish whiskey and Baileys are poured into a shot glass and served as a drop shot into the Guinness.

Rob Montgomery

Rob competes at mixology competitions all over north America, noteably the Finlandia Vodka Cup, The Grand Marnier Bartenders Summit in Vail, and he has been a Grey Goose Pour Master for the past two years. While Rob is tremendously passionate about mixology, he is equally if not more passionate about wine, and his easy going style and attitude free delivery can be seen in BartenderOne’s Wine Workshop. Rob also hosts wine tastings and works with Toronto’s top chefs to create wine and food pairings that are second to none. In his spare time, Rob loves to spin records and is an accomplished DJ. You can catch him spinning or shaking at The Miller Tuesday through Saturday. Rob is also a commanding presenter, and partnered with Scott McMaster and Gavin MacMillan to deliver the 2008, 2009, and 2010 national mixology stage, the Sial food and drink show in Montreal and the Pacific Food and Beverage Expo in Edmonton.

Favourite Cocktail

Negroni

Equal Parts of:

Grey Goose L’Orange

Campari

Italian Sweet Vermouth

Favourite Shot

Clase Azul Tequila

Zack Prohaska

For eight years Zack has been mixing it up behind the bar at all sorts of venues. Five years ago he was introduced to flair bartending by Gavin MacMillan. He signed up for the Movers'N'Shakers Flair course and a year later he became the Senior Flair Instructor for Sam and Dave, the largest chain of entertainment night clubs in Japan. For almost four years Zack has really been making a name for himself. Placing top three in many international events and making appearances on T.V. shows such as OLN's series "The Departures" and Kansai Media. Now back in Toronto, Zack is planning on representing all Canadian Flair Bartenders by competing at the Pro Level on the FBA tour. Showing the world that Canada has talent! You can find Zack flipping everything at the Loose Moose in the heart of Toronto. Zack is one of the most sought after bartenders on the Movers'N'Shakers team, and also performs with Sam Kinred in an amazing tandem show! To set up One on One training, or to book Zach for an event email info@bartenderone.com.

Favourite Cocktail

1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced

4 oz Ginger ale

2 Limes

Build over ice and serve

Favourite Shot

That's What She Said

1/2 oz Vodka

1/3oz Strawberry liqueur

Splash of Pineapple

Shake and Strain

Julie Morrison

Born and raised right here in the GTA, Julie caught the bartending bug at the early age of 18. Since then, Julie has tended bar at some of the city’s busiest nightclubs, bars, event venues and restaurants . Determined to become a competitive Flair Bartender, Julie’s tenacity paid off when she was crowned Best Female Flair Bartender in her very first World Wide Flair competition. Joining the BartenderOne events team "Movers 'n' Shakers" in 2010, Julie worked her way through the ranks to finally becoming one of our most energetic and well loved classroom instructors.

Favourite Cocktail

Blackberry Sidecar

Favourite Shot

Wes Galloway

Wes is a spirits expert with endless creativity and passion. Innovative and stylish in his alchemist-like approach to his craft, Wes has earned rave reviews for his work. A contributor to many print and online publications, Wes has also appeared on television and radio programs. Wes is a walking encyclopedia of historical and contemporary mixology knowledge; a sought-after authority on all things cocktail. He loves to empower students and enthusiasts alike with detailed knowledge of history and product, as well as the expert application of the bartender’s skill set. “I will always remember what it felt like when I caught that spark”, explains Galloway, speaking of his happenstance introduction to Tony Abou-Ganim at a trade show. “Now I love to light that fire for others.” Wes sits on the board of directors for the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Professional Bartending Association.

Favourite Cocktail

Surprise Me!

Favourite Shot

Jamison Cass

Born in Georgetown, ON Jamison distinguished himself as an elite high school and university athlete. Jamison started his hospitality career at Hockley Valley Resort and in 2013 decided to take the BartenderOne Master Class to advance his bartending skills. Competing in the Blazers competition, Jamison impressed the judges with his infectious passion and enthusiasm. Shortly after, Jamison joined the “Movers ’n' Shakers" Event team and indulged his passion for molecular mixology by taking the International Bar Certification Course. In late 2014, Jamison went on a five month hiatus to Australia and South East Asia, returning to Bartendeone as an instructor and Blazers talent scout. With his athletic background and discipline, Jamison can often be found in the Smash Lab practising his flair technique. He can also be seen gracing the Bar at CSB.

Favourite Cocktail

B&B Sidecar

1.5 oz B&B

0.5 oz Grand Marnier

0.5 oz Cognac

0.5 oz Lemon juice

0.5 oz Simple Syrup

Shake until frothy, pour into a martini glass Garnish with a flamed orange zest.

Favourite Shot

Blue-Eyed Blonde

1/3 oz Creme de Cacao

1/3 oz Banana Liqueur

1/3 oz Blue Curacao

Layered

Chris Cooper

Chris made his start in the industry 10 years ago quickly working his way up to the top of the ladder as the General Manager of both Koi Nightclub and Sizzle Ultra Lounge in the heart of Hamilton's party mecca Hess Village. Along the way he became the head bartender and corporate trainer for Philthy McNasty's and is now sharing his creative focus between groundbreaking mixology, menu design, and studying to become a sommalier. Chris has been featured on City TV, Global News, CH News, The Toronto Sun, The Hamilton Spectator, and Bar and Beverage Magazine. He has trained and competed all over the globe, notably at Quest for the Best Bartender in the world in Orlando and The Legends of Bartending in Las Vegas. Chris is both a performer with the Movers'n'Shakers and a Senior Instructor with BartenderOne. Chris is currently off to Mexico, to head up a new project, and run the day to day operations of his own bar! We wish Chris all the best.

Favourite Cocktail

Tic Tac

1oz Absolut Mandarin

Fill with Red Bull

Garnish with a fresh orange wheel in a lowball glass.

Favourite Shot

Very, Very Cold White Sambucca