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Flair Bartender Profile-Up close and personal with Dario Doimo

Name: Dario Doimo

Nationality: Italian

Age: 26

Years Bartending: 9 (8Flair)

After seeing Dario Doimo win Legends of Bartending 10, I really became a huge fan.

I got the chance to meet Dario Doimo for the first time at SuperFlair in Windsor Ontario in May of 2009.  That was an amazing competition which saw Dario place third in an all-star line up including Rodrigo Delpech, Danilo Oribe, and Vladymyr Buryanov to name a few.

I caught up with Dario again in September at Kahunaville in Las Vegas and saw him perform a flawless routine at his home bar as a part of the nightly shows they do.

Here is my interview with Dario Doimo.

Q- How did you get into Flair Bartending?

A-My brother got me into the world of Flair Bartending.  He took a Flair Bartending Class, and when I saw what you could do with a bottle and tin I was shocked!

Q- Where can people see you live in action?

A- I am working at Kahunaville at Treasure Island.

Q- Other than yourself, who is your favourite Flair Bartender?

A- ¬†Well, I don’t really have just one, but I respect people like Rodrigo Delpech and Danilo Oribe for their passion,and determination to win.

Q- What is your favourite Flair bar?

A- I enjoy every flair bar because it’s always a good time. ¬†Kahunaville is the place to be. ¬†They have Flair shows there 4 nights a week.

Q- To date, what is your greatest flair achievement?

A- For sure it was winning Legends of Bartending 10. ¬†Since I started flairing, I’ve always dreamt to win that one, and after a couple of years of hard work, I won! ¬†It’s a dream come true!

Thank you to Dario for taking the time to do this interview.  We hope to see some great things in the near future.

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Flair Bartender Profile: Up close and Personal with Vladymyr Buryanov

Name: Vladymyr Buryanov

Nickname: “Ukrazian”

Nationality: Ukraninan

Age: 27

Years Bartending: 8 (6 Flairing)

Flair Accomplishments: First place Nations 2007, 5 time Ukrainian Champion, 1st ever Big Kahuna Flair Smackdown Grand Champion 2008.

I got to meet Vladymyr for the first time at Superflair in Windsor Ontario in May of ’09, ¬†where he put on a fantastic show and finished 4th in an all-star line up which included Rodrigo Delpech, Danilo Oribe, and Dario Doimo to name a few.

Earlier this year I had a chance to meet up with him again on his home turf at Kahunaville in Las Vegas. Here is my interview with Vladymyr Buryanov.

Q- When did you get into Flair bartending?

A- I started flairing about 6 years ago.

Q- What prompted you to start flipping bottles, and did you have a mentor?

A- I started bartending in a local hotel in the Ukraine where I grew up. ¬†There was a guy there that knew a couple of flair moves, so he showed me a few and I became good at them quickly and wanted to learn more. ¬†There was no one else in my town to learn from, so I started watching DVD’s of Flair competitions to learn some basic moves. Then I took it from there and taught myself.

Q- Where are you currently working?

A- I am employed at Kahunaville in Las Vegas.

Q- To date, what is your best flair moment?

A- Winning Nations in 2007 was great!  The money was good, but the competition was even greater!  It felt amazing when all that hard work I put into flair allowed me to beat some of the guys I have always  looked up to in flair.

Q- To date, what is your worst flair moment?

A- Nations 2008.  It was the first time in my career that I did not make the finals.

Q- What are your goals for the future?

A- I still hope to compete for at least another 5 years. ¬†I enjoy it, and practicing is still fun for me. ¬†As for life beyond flair, my wife and I have our ideas, but we still haven’t made our final decision yet.

Q- Other than yourself, who is your favourite flair bartender?

A- My wife.  Terri Leeseberg-Buryanova.  I believe her being a flair bartender also is the only reason I have found someone I can have a family with, and who is also understanding about how much time I need to practice.

Q- Do you have a signature cocktail?

A- I enjoy making different drinks.  Mostly based on fresh berries and fruits.

Q- Least favourite cocktail?

A- All Martinis.

Q- What is your favourite Flair bar?

A- Kahunaville at T.I.(Treasure Island). I don’t get a chance to work there too often, but there are flair shows there four nights a week. ¬†The shows allow me to get on stage and practice routines all the time.

Thanks Vladymyr for taking the time to do this interview.  We hope to see you back up in Canada for next years Superflair.

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