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Olson Pereira, Phoenicia's Talented Mixologist
I started my career in bartending 10 years ago in Mumbai, India, and since then I have been committed to delivering high quality drinks and memorable experiences while working to improve my professional standing with every passing day. Bartending has helped me to travel the world and to meet and work with interesting people, many of whom I now consider like family.
My life-changing moment was in 2009 when I won third place in an international bartending competition, the Bacardi Martini Grand Prix in Italy. I felt proud to bring back home the first international award for bartending that my country had ever received. In 2013 I got my first international break and moved to Dubai to work with one of the most renowned hospitality brands at the Palm Jumeirah. Later, in 2016, I moved to Phoenicia-InterContinental. I feel privileged to work with the first ever InterContinental hotel in the Middle East.
Enhancing the beverage experience at Phoenicia has always been a prime goal. This involves constant development of our people through training, and offering new and innovative cocktail selections. One of the most recent examples of innovation, which received a lot of positive feedback and was talked about a lot, was the pre-dinner drink – a Seaweed Old Fashioned – that I created for a prestigious whisky event at Phoenicia’s Eau de Vie restaurant. This drink was created with premium blended Japanese whisky, Peychaud’s bitters, in-house made seaweed syrup, Himalayan salt and finished with a fresh lemon twist - the perfect drink to awaken the taste buds and begin the evening’s journey of exploring fine malts and impeccable food pairings.
For us at Phoenicia, innovation is a never-ending journey, and I and my team are continuously working on creating new ideas and beverage concepts. We believe in developing and empowering people, and seeing change as a positive thing – and all of this makes us stand out in what we do.
Thank you Olson for your commitment, we appreciate your efforts!