Miami, Beyrouth, San Paulo, Porto Ercole, Los Angeles and Shanghai. No rest for the wicked!!
I shall enjoy making cocktails in two hotels whilst in Tokyo, both are private events. The Otani Hotel will be a discovery for me whilst the Imperial Hotel is and old favourite. I have smoked a cigar or two with the Head Bartender and having been out with one or two members of the bar team a while ago for some fabulous steaks.
Here is a picture of the Otani whilst the Bar is that of the Imperial.
I hope to tell you more soon.
Its a lovely hotel and having enjoyed working in both its bars its time to make a few more cocktails. But the adventure begins on the 24th February with Cocktails in the Sky. I'll be working with another team of the Air France SAS Cabin crew in the Premier cabin serving delicious Serendipities and other delights. I really can't wait. I always have such a brilliant time.
I had a friend many years ago that had actually worked in both Ritz Hotels. Paris and London. I have always been rather envious. It's quite special to have worked in both of them, now the objective will be achieved. I shall be enjoying a special partnership with John Williams MBE. Executive Chef of the London Ritz over 10 days. John has created a super Menu and I have created drinks that will be served with the 5 dishes. I also hope to have an opportunity to work with Walther Pintus, the Head Ba(...)
Browns was a lovely event. The management were very nice to me and I met some very lovely people. We nearly ran out of cocktails. I was down to my last bottle of Champagne.
I missed Ago Perrone, my friend and his super team at the Connaught, but had to sleep a few hours before teaching in the Cesar Ritz Hotel School in Montreux. There I stayed in the Hotel Majestic, Montreux. The service is impeccable. I can recommend.
James Bond has never been so present than in Turnbull & Asser New York. The most incredible shop that feels as if you are walking into someones home. The photos of Sean Connery posing with what I know now to be an air pistol!! But wearing Turnbull and Asser shirt and suit. Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, the only one missing is Georges Lazenby who didn't wear Turnbull & Asser, but was the star of, for me, the best Bond film! 'On her Majesty's Secret Service', "Ironie du sort".
I've always enjoyed having officers in thier uniforms in the Hemingway bar. It adds to that very special atmosphere and makes the whole experience memorable to our visitors, not only so, but the regulars never tire of these magical moments.
Well this time I'm off for the William J. Donovan award dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington. This is a truly Military occasion, if ever there was one. A Martini to make, but out of the same Mixing Glass that Hemingway himself was served all those(...)