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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.

Luis Brosas

Right after finishing the Masterclass program in 2011, Luis started working with the Movers n' Shakers doing events all over the GTA. Shortly after, he began competing in the biggest flair competition in the GTA known as the TFL. Receiving top honours immediately, Luis used his passion for the sport to remain in the top spots. Winning the amateur division at his first go at it. He now flairs with some of the best in the advanced division and remains in the top spot. He is trying his hands at international level competitions and is competing in his first ever at superflair in windsor. Catch Luis flipping bottles at the Jack Astor's in Brampton.

Favourite Cocktail

Pineapple Peppercorn Mojito

8-12 mint leaves

4-6 pineapple chunks

6-8 whole peppercorns

2 bar spoons of sugar

4 limes wedges

1.5oz Havana Club Reserve

Top with soda

Favourite Shot

Liquid Cocaine

1/2oz Goldschlager

1/2oz Jagermeister

Shake with ice and strain into shot glass

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

Krissy Calkins

Now in her fourth year with us Krissy is truly passionate about mixology and serious about service. After completing BartenderOne’s Master Class and International Bartender Certificate, which was taught by Gavin MacMillan, Krissy Calkins was quickly hired on as part of the BartenderOne team as both an Instructor and as a Performance Mixologist. In her 8 years in this industry she has worked in many restaurants, bars, night clubs and lounges all over the country. When Krissy is not behind the bar you’ll find her working away on her own Jewellery line at The Den www.thedentoronto.com - Design Center.

Favourite Cocktail

Satan's Whiskers

1/2 oz Gin

1/2 oz Grand Marnier

1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth

1/2 oz Dry Vermouth

1/2 oz Orange Juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Top with orange bitters

Favourite Shot

Apple Pie

½ oz Sour Apple Liqueur

½ oz Butter Ripple Schnapps

Shake with ice, strain into shot glass and top with cinnamon

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

Dimitri Kobrin

Following the completion of the BartenderOne Masterclass, and after falling in love with the art of making drinks, Dimitri rose through the ranks to become a top bartender at Palais Royale. Dimitri has also worked at numerous downtown hotspots and has since become one of BartenderOne's top instructors. Dimitri looks forward to competing in flair competitions in the future, serving up some amazing drinks, and having a great time all the while. Most recently, Dimitri has earned a managment position with BartenderOne, overseeing scheduling, and hiring for The Movers'N'Shakers events team.

Favourite Cocktail

Irish Highball

1oz Jameson Irish Whiskey

4oz Ginger Ale

Build in a glass over ice!

Favourite Shot

Screaming Orgasm

1/4oz. Vodka

1/4oz. Kahlua

1/4oz. Baileys

1/4oz. Amaretto

Shake and Strain.

Matthew Holtom

After graduating the BartenderOne Master Class more than 3 years ago, Matt cut his teeth behind the bar at Palais Royale Ballroom and other hospitality centres. He has since worked at a number of small pubs and bars, preferring to interact with regular customers and make them feel at home. Since July 2010 he’s also been teaching the BartenderOne Master Class at the Empire Lounge location in Toronto. Matt has finished up a degree in Engineering, and is currently taking the Firefighting program at Seneca College. Since graduation he has also been working with the BartenderOne Movers n’ Shakers at special events for between 12 and 3500 people. He loves hamming it up behind the bar, and making his guests’ night memorable by crafting them fantastic cocktails! Matt is working hard on his flair and performance bartending, placing 1st in the Amateur division at the 5th Toronto Flair League competition.

Favourite Cocktail

Classic Manhattan

1.5 oz Canadian Whisky

0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir ingredients together in a Boston glass, strain over fresh ice in a martini or rocks glass Garnish with a maraschino cherry, add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters.

Favourite Shot

B52

1/3 oz Kahlua

1/3 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

1/3 oz Grand Marnier

Layer ingredients in a tall shot glass over a cherry, in the order listed.

Elisa Bruno

After completing the Master Class program, Elisa's passion for people and cocktails led her to a position as BartenderOne's Senior Executive Administrator. She has since applied her skills as a certified barista by creating BartenderOne's signature Buena Barista coffee training program. Elisa graduated from Seneca College after three years of study in Communications. Previous to BartenderOne, Elisa was active in performing arts. She has worked with many talents, such as Jay Manual and the stars from American Pie. Outside of BartenderOne, Elisa thoroughly enjoys dancing and snowboarding. Currently, Elisa has taken a leave to travel the world and gain personal life experience. We wish her the best, and look forward to her return.

Favourite Cocktail

Dirty Martini... Dirty Bastard

2 1/2 oz gin or vodka

1/2 oz dry vermouth

1/2 oz olive brine

3 cocktail olives

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin, stir gently, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with three olives.

Favourite Shot

Butterscotch Mocha

1/3 oz Kahlua

1/3 oz Butterscotch Schnapps

1/3 oz Baileys

Layer the ingredients over the back of a bar spoon or cherry, in the order listed.

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

Sam Kinred

Sam began Bartending in New Zealand and soon after moved to Japan where he Managed one of the busiest Nightclubs in town. His flair career began four years ago and he constantly takes top placings in International Competitions. Sam has now relocated to Toronto and after graduating the BartenderOne Master Class can be found flippin bottles at the Loose Moose! Sam also loves to teach flair and is excited to bring his skills to Toronto! Sam has teamed up with Zack Prohaska and together they have taken the art of flair to the next level with their tandem shows. Sam is a welcome addition to The Movers'N'Shakers team, and puts on a fantastic solo show, or as a Tandem package with Zack.

Favourite Cocktail

Coconut Breeze

1 oz Malibu

1 1/2oz Raspberry Vodka

1/2oz Sour Puss Blue

Splash of Pineapple Juice

Shake & Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Favourite Shot

Yogi The Bear

1/3 oz Yoghurt Liqueur

1/3 oz Red Bear Energy Liqueur

1/3 oz Orange Juice

Shake it up and strain!! "Smarter than your average shooter!!!"

Bryan Morales

Shortly after graduating from the Master Class, Bryan was asked to join the Movers’n’Shakers team. Bryan has now been with BartenderOne for over two years and enjoys the thrill of mixology more than anything. When Bryan isn’t behind the bar he likes spending time with family and friends and some of his hobbies include painting, drawing and working on his car. Bryan is now one of the elite members of the Movers’n’Shakers team and is looking forward to competing in his first flair competition.

Favourite Cocktail

Amaretto Sour

1.5 oz Amaretto

1.5 oz Lemon Juice

0.5 oz Egg Whites

2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

2 Bar spoons of sugar

Shake until frothy and pour over fresh ice

Garnish with a cherry

Favourite Shot

Pornstar

.5 oz Blue Curacao

.5 oz Sour Raspberry Liqueur

Add ingredients into a shaker tin with ice,shake well, and strain into a shot glass

Alejandro Giraldo

After the completion of the Master Class program, Alejo was offered a position as part of the BartenderOne team. Alejo is one of the fastest rising stars in the Toronto flair community! He is currently teaching the Buena Barista Coffee Workshop, and working various events for BartenderOne's Movers'n'Shakers team. In his spare time he loves to practice his flair and will be a force to be reckoned with on the flair bartending competition circuit with his fluid innovative style.

Favourite Cocktail

Mojito

1 oz Light Rum

2 oz Soda water

12-15 mint leaves

3 tsp of brown sugar

3 lime wedges

Muddle mint, lime and sugar in glass, add 1/2 glass of cubed ice and Light Rum. Churn, then add cubed ice to fill. Top with Soda water

Favourite Shot

Sicilian Kiss

½ oz Southern Comfort

½ oz Amaretto

Shake with ice and strain into shot glass

Benny Young

Benny also joined our team of instructors after completing the BartenderOne Masterclass. On top of instructing, Benny is also one of the top bartenders for The Movers'N'Shakers events team, and gets rave reviews from all of his events. Benny is one of BartenderOne's highest energy instructors, and always receives extremely positive feedback from his students and clients. He values the relationships he creates with people, and is certainly known to be a great co-worker and friend. In his free time, you can find Benny enjoying the Toronto nightlife, or practicing his flair moves in Hyde Park.

Favourite Cocktail

Sour Apple Martini

1.25oz Vodka

0.75oz. Sour Apple Liqueur

3oz. Lime Barmix

Combine ingredients over ice in a shaker. Squeeze half a fresh lime over ingredients in the shaker & shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Favourite Shot

Banana Jack

1/2oz. Jack Daniels

1/2oz. Banana Liqueur

Shake with ice & strain!

Chris Purdy

Chris has been behind the wood for 10 years. From nightclubs and pubs, to sports bars and fine dining, Chris has fine tuned his craft, and his personality and smoothness make him a welcomed edition to BartenderOne. After joining BartenderOne in 2006, Chris has proven to be one of our top bartenders. You can find Chris at the Front St. Canyon Creek where he has been the head bartender for over 6 years.

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

MJ Swan

MJ is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic members of the Movers'n'Shakers team. With over 10 years of industry experience from gourmet mixologist to management, MJ knows what it takes to keep them coming back for more. MJ is currently working at ViVetha bistro, a staple in the trendy Beaches area of Toronto where she has an extensive regular client base.

Favourite Cocktail

Candy Apple Martini

1.5 oz Green Apple Vodka

0.5 oz Sour Apple liqueur

0.5 oz Butterscotch schnapps

3 oz Cranberry Juice

Shake and pour into a martitni glass Garnish with an apple slice

Favourite Shot

Woo Woo

1/3 oz Vodka

1/3 oz Peach Schnapps

1/3 oz Cranberry juice

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