After finishing the sixth semester of the BBA in International Hotel Management at Les Roches Marbella, I decided to undertake the International Advance Barman Certificate during the summer break at one of the most recognized bartending schools in Spain, the House of Mixology in Madrid.
Two great professionals in the industry conduct the certificate program: the school’s director Luis Inchaurraga and instructor Fernando Rodriguez. The course was based on 45 hours of acquiring a wide knowledge of the entire bar operations concept. Each day we did different spirits tasting including Gin, Vodka, Rum, whiskey, Tequila, Mescal, Aperitifs & Vermouth, Liqueurs and Syrups while understanding and being able to differentiate all the essences throughout a sensory analysis and pairing awareness process. All this is accompanied by the practice of the “pour “and creation of cocktails with meals that pair and combine wine and beer. The aim of the course is to finish with a thesis of two original cocktails designed by the student whereupon the manager looks for professionalism and a complexity capable of providing several sensations on the palate. Today I can say that I succeeded on the video exam and my cocktail creations, the Fresh Essence and Sweet Grape, were totally brilliant according to the teachers.
Why did I undertake this course?
Nowadays in the hospitality industry there are many professionals who are prepared for the job but in the end, only one will get it. That is why I decided to enlarge my cognizance in this field with the aim of setting up a differentiator point necessary to succeed in future interviews and job positions that will enrich my CV. It goes without saying that you always have to renew and amplify yourself in order to reach the highest levels of excellence. I am really passionate with the F&B world and I want to continue my career in this field so this course, together with my soon to be earned BBA, is the perfect enhancement to my CV.
I have already worked in different departments within the hospitality industry including F&B and Rooms Division, all the while being in continuous contact with sales, marketing, and other sectors of tourism. I gained all this experience aslant my internships in Madrid, Oxford, London and Shanghai.
I will graduate next December with the Events Management specialization and I am so eager to start a new stage after the gorgeous experience in Les Roches Marbella.
BBA7 Student Reveals Cocktail Creations