Rich Hunt has worked in some of the world's best bars, won Bartender of the Year three times and is regarded by his peers as one of the most enthusiastic, hard-working, creative and knowledgeable bartenders anywhere in the world.

Occupation

“Bartender, gin geek, tiki buff and bon vivant. Oh you mean for an actual job? I have a little place called Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill, but I also have the honour and privilege to train bartenders all over the world for the Bar Craft and Culture Project, and also run the infamous Notting Hill Rum Club.”

Born

“Hong Kong, 1980.”

Current hometown

“I travel an awful lot, but I’m based in London. Been here for 23 years now. It’s totally the best city in the world. ‘Nuff said.”

Why bartending?

“Frankly, I needed a job. But, after much enjoyable hard work, it turned out that I had unwittingly fallen into the most exciting and rewarding business possible. It’s allowed me to travel the world, meet people and make cool stuff – which you have the added bonus of being able to drink. What an awesome fluke.”

The first cocktail I made

“A negroni, the ultimate Italian aperitivo! I was only 18 and started to work in local cafe near home. You’ve got to get the gin, bitters and sweet Vermouth in the perfect ratio. This a cocktail that the embrace the rule of three : the first time usually you don’t like it, second time it gets better and the third time you love it and never go back!”

Favourite cocktail

“Professionally it was a Long Island ice tea at Café Bohème, and I still make it the same way! Personally? It was a rather foul Dirty Martini for my Mum when I was 12 or 13. No idea why, she hates them. I topped it with lemonade before shaking it, which didn’t go down well – rather all over me.”

The Team

Joe

Joe McCanta got into bartending to fund his rock'n'roll lifestyle, but instead fell in love with flavour and went full time. He's now a bartender, drinks consultant and piano player, but still thinks he's a rockstar.

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Giuseppe

Guiseppe was born in Italy but has travelled and lived all over the world to learn from each country’s best bartenders. He’s now considered one of the world’s best mixologists.

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Camille

Camille was born in France to a family of artists, and studied art before she fell in love with bars while on a gap year in Australia. Now she now travels the world to discover new flavours, recipes and brilliant bars.

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Simone

As a bartender at officially the best bar in the world, the Artesian Bar in West London, Simone is known the world over for his imaginative drinks. He’s come a long way since turning up in London with a suitcase and just €2,000.

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