Tristan Stephenson

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Tristan Stephenson
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Tristan Stephenson 2014
Born (1982-11-14) 14 November 1982 (age 35)
Occupation Bartender, writer, and businessman.

Tristan Stephenson (born 14 November 1982) is a bartender,[1] author, and businessman.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Stephenson spent two years with Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall having set up their bar in 2005. Whilst there he was one of a team which harvested and roasted Arabica coffee beans, grown in the rainforest biome at the Eden Project to make the first cup of coffee made from beans grown in Britain.[3][4] He became Brand ambassador for the Reserve Brands Group in 2007, and was on the training staff of The Connaught, The Dorchester and The Ritz London Hotel. [5]

Stephenson came 3rd in 2009's UK Barista Championships[6] having been trained by Origin Coffee of Constantine, Cornwall.[7]

Surfside cafe Polzeath Cornwall

Stephenson co-founded Fluid Movement with Thomas Aske, a consultancy company for the drinks industry[8] which pioneers molecular mixology.[9] Stephenson opened his first cocktail bar Purl in Marylebone in 2010, the Worship Street Whistling Shop in Shoreditch in 2011, and in 2012, Dach & Sons in Hampstead[10] Whistling Shop was awarded Time Out London’s best new bar in 2011 and for three consecutive years was in the World’s Fifty Best Bars. [11]

He was awarded "CLASS Bartender of the Year" in 2011[12] and was referred to as one of "London's best bartenders" in a 2013 Telegraph article.[13] Stephenson was also included in the Evening Standard's Top 1000 influential Londoners in 2012 in the category of "scenesters and drinkers".[14] In 2018 he featured in Harpers Hot 50[15], recognising and celebrating the key influencers, innovators and drivers of quality drinks offers in the on-trade. He was also awarded Innovator of The Year in Imbibe Magazines Bar Personality Awards 2018.[16]

In 2013 Stephenson partnered with Diageo to open a pop up gin palace in Covent Garden London to mark the birthday of Tanqueray's founder Charles Tanqueray[17] and appeared in their 2013 adverts.[18]

He has also released the Curious Bartender series of drinks books.[19] His book The Curious Bartender: The Artistry & Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail was an Evening Standard Bestseller.[11] The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies was shortlisted for the 2015 Tales of the Cocktail Best New Spirits Book Award.[20]

In March 2017 Supermarket retailer Lidl hired Stephenson to advise on their spirits range.[21]

Bars & Restaurants[edit]

  • Surfside Cafe Polzeath Cornwall.[22]
  • The Worship Street Whistling Shop, London[23]
  • The Devil's Darling, London
  • SACK, London
  • Black Rock, London[24]
  • The Napoleon Hotel, London[25]
  • Dach & Sons, Hapstead[10] (closed)

TV appearances[edit]

Books[edit]

  • The Curious Bartender: The Artistry and Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail Ryland Peters & Small (2013) ISBN 978 1849754378
  • The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies Ryland Peters & Small (2014) ISBN 1849755620
  • The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee Ryland Peters & Small (2015) ISBN 9781849755634
  • The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace Ryland Peters & Small (2016) ISBN 1849757011
  • The Curious Bartender's Rum Revolution Ryland Peters & Small (2017) ISBN 1849758239
  • The Curious Bartender Volume II: The New Testament of Cocktails Ryland Peters & Small (2018) ISBN 184975893X
  • The Curious Bartender's Guide to Gin: How to appreciate gin from still to serve Ryland Peters & Small (2018) ISBN 1788790391

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Delve into the history of the modern cocktail – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London". now-here-this.timeout.com. 2013. Retrieved 11 October 2013. industry expert
  2. ^ Brown, Nick (2015). "Q&A with Bar Innovator and Now Coffee Author Tristan Stephenson | Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine". dailycoffeenews.com. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Home-grown and brewed Cornish coffee beans – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 12 October 2013. Eden Project
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS | England | Cornwall | Cornish coffee on restaurant menu". BBC News. London: BBC. 3 January 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2013. Arabica beans, grown in biome
  5. ^ Gopalan, Jeremy (2015). "This round's on On Chefs With Altitude's Tristan Stephenson | TODAYonline". todayonline.com. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  6. ^ "The smell of the drinks lab, the roar of the crowd – Imbibe.com". imbibe.com. 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Home-roasting is the perfect blend for company | This is Cornwall". thisiscornwall.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. Origin Coffee
  8. ^ Self, Lucy (2013). "Fluid Movement London – FoodeFextenpedia". foodepedia.co.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  9. ^ Wallop, Harry (9 October 2012). "The dark side of liquid nitrogen cocktails – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  10. ^ a b Eversham, Emma (2013). "Fluid Movement to open Dach & Sons Hampstead". bighospitality.co.uk. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d "Tristan Stephenson - Tales of the Cocktail 2015". talesofthecocktail2015.sched.org. 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  12. ^ Cameron, Ian (2013). "Sense and Sensibility: the future of cocktails from issue 26 of CLASS Magazine at diffordsguide – diffordsguide". diffordsguide.com. Retrieved 11 October 2013. CLASS Bartender of the Year 2011
  13. ^ O'Ceallaigh, John. "London's Cocktail Connoisseurs – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 12 October 2013. best cocktail makers
  14. ^ "London's 1000 most influential people 2012: Scenesters, Drinkers". standard.co.uk. 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2013. Top 1000 Influential Londoners
  15. ^ "The Hot 50 - Harpers Wine & Spirit Trade News". www.harpers.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  16. ^ "Imbibe names Personality of the Year 2018 winners - Imbibe". Imbibe. 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  17. ^ Paskin, Becky (2013). "Diageo opens pop-up gin palace in London". thespiritsbusiness.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013. birthday of Tanqueray founder
  18. ^ "▶ Behind the scenes at the shoot for the new Tanqueray advertising campaign – YouTube". youtube.com. 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  19. ^ "Tristan Stephenson | TWE Whisky ShowTWE Whisky Show". whiskyshow.com. 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards 2015". www.diffordsguide.com. Difford's Guide. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  21. ^ Mileham, Arabella (20 March 2017). "LIDL BEEFS UP SPIRITS TEAM". The Drinks Business. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  22. ^ CDM, Dave (2015). "David Cameron arrives in Cornwall for traditional summer break | Cornish Guardian". cornishguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  23. ^ "The Cocktail Lovers | Our favourite bartenders: Tristan Stephenson". The Cocktail Lovers. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  24. ^ "Tom Aske & Tristan Stephenson to open more Black Rock bars - Imbibe". Imbibe. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  25. ^ "The Napoleon Hotel and Bars, Shoreditch". www.thearcadiaonline.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.

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