I was born in Bulgaria on the 12th of March 1981. I finished my education for Banking and insurance and at age of 20 I started working in a bank.
You can’t keep my free soul prisoner in the office for too long and few mounts later I joined the bar industry. I have worked in few of the best cocktail bars and won a lot of competitions. Two years later I realised, that I have taken the most out of the Bulgarian bar industry and it was time for me to move on. At the age of 22 in 2003 I moved to London. Worked in one of the best bars to get my name in the London Bar industry. I started working with Douglas Ankrah in Isis, Town House and Lab. Then I joined the team of Floridita and start working more with rum and completely fell in love with the spirit. The breaking point in my career was joining Mahiki in 2007. Start as a bartender and quickly become a head bartender and then bar manager. Managed to keep Mahiki one of the top cocktail bars and night clubs for 10 years. I am managing all the bars in our company and look after Mahiki bars globally. I helped with the developing of Mahiki rum.
I won the best Tiki bartender in 2011 and represent UK Tiki team and compete against the USA team in Miami for the Miami Rum festival where we won World Tiki Champions 2012
Played bartender in the Hollywood movie “ Identity Thief”.
I won bartender of the year 2015 at the London club and bar awards! I have helped with cocktail menu consultancy many bars.
I created the signature serves and cocktails for many big brands like Ciroc, Staritsky Levitsky, Zeo, Green Island, Chairman’s Reserve, Mount Gay, Plantation, Bacardi ,Re’al and many more. I created cocktails and organised parties for Diageo and for Diageo World Class finals. I am very well known in the rum industry and work closely with lots of rum brands. I have been taken to the rum distilleries in many Caribbean islands like Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Martinique etc. I am often invited to do rum trainings, judging cocktail competitions or judging spirits in blind tasting. I travel around the world to do tiki and rum presentations. I am the creator of the first UK Tiki festival called Spirit of Tiki. This is event ,that represent the Spirit of Tiki and showcase how different spirits work in simple Tiki Cocktails . I often do Tiki Presentations and talk about history of tiki and Modern Tiki. Were is tiki going and what is its future. I have made the cocktail list and organised a lot of celebrity big parties like V Fest back stage, Q awards, Capital Rocks, also made cocktails for bar and fashion magazines. I created all different styles of cocktails for many companies, some of them skinny cocktails with minimum calories, high on protein cocktails, healthy range etc.
When I create a cocktail I create a story, starting with the name, the story behind it, the ingredients, the glass, the garnish, the taste and finish with the way you serve it.