Returning 2019 Cocktail Director: Evelyn Chick
Evelyn's bartending career started in Vancouver and quickly got recognition in the Canadian bartending scene with her unique approach to flavours. Throughout the years she has accumulated pedigrees such as: BarSmarts certification, WSET, Certified Specialist of Spirits, while finding success in multiple national & international cocktail competitions including a recent win at the Global Beefeater MIXLDN championships; representing Canada against 31 other countries and was crowned first in the world for her mixing skills.
She runs the bar program at PrettyUgly, and is the Canadian coordinator for Speed Rack, a charity speed bartending competition for female bartenders with proceeds going to breast cancer education and awareness. She believes that cocktailing is about the ultimate hospitality experience. She has traveled around the world promoting Canadian cocktail culture, and is thrilled to be involved with its rapid growth.
The 2019 Mixologists
Zak Doy (Figo)
Zak Doy has been in the spirits business a long time. From the early days of slinging bottles in clubs and sports bars, this bartender knew he had found his calling. In 2012, Zak won his first cocktail competition, beating out some great bartenders and ultimately one of his very first bartending mentors. It was a defining moment in setting out to become an architect of great cocktails and elixirs. Currently, Zak continues to work as an independent consultant with his co-founded company, The Wizards of the West, spreading the love of fine spirits in Toronto and teaching a new generation of great bartenders. In addition, Zak continues building strong social media platforms to share his vision of cocktails and culture with the world.
Jess Mili (Civil Liberties)
Jess Mili is a born-and-raised Torontonian with a deep love for the city and the bartending community within it. Previously found at Bar Begonia and The Commodore, she's been working behind bars for just over five years . She's gained global recognition as the winner of Bols Around the World Cocktail Competition in 2017, representing North America. You'll currently find her behind the stick at Civil Liberties, #3 bar recognized by Canada’s 50 Beat Bars 2019.
Chantelle Gabino (Chantecler)
Chantelle is a born and raised Canadian bartender with over 7 years of experience behind a bar and over a decade in the hospitality industry. Regaining touch with her roots of growing up in beautiful British Columbia, her recent projects incorporate incentives to embrace self-sustainability, as well as ingredients and practices aimed at showcasing mother nature’s offerings. Utilizing her long standing love of food & drink, as well as her Fine Arts background she was named National winner of Bombay Sapphire's "Most Imaginative Bartender, 2016". Currently at The Drake hotel and Chantecler, as well as a Bittered Sling Ambassador, Chantelle is always ready and willing to shake things up.
Marta S (Chantecler)
A former professional dancer, Marta S entered the world of hospitality 15 years ago in Montreal. Eventually, after several years of travel, many dance classes taught, and a handful of restaurants worked in, she found her place behind the bar in Toronto. Her bartending has earned her prestigious educational opportunities and participation in cocktail conferences and competitions, where she's represented her city, her province, and all of Canada, across both North America and the UK. She's currently the Perfect Purée of Napa Valley's first Canadian brand ambassador, but you can find her most nights tending bar at Restaurant Chantecler.