About Tom Lasher-Walker

Tom Walker is an internationally renowned bartender, public speaker and drinks writer who has been in the food and beverage industry for over 15 years.

He is best known for winning the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition with his drink the Maid in Cuba. A career bartender for over ten years, Tom has worked at some of the top bars in Edinburgh, London and New York, and has consulted on drink strategies for brands such as Monkey Shoulder, Dewars and Boodles Gin.

Born in the small industrial town of Redcar on the coast of North East England, Tom graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2008 with a BA Journalism degree in the months following the global financial crisis. With jobs in the media on the decline, Tom started out as a glass collector at Popolo Bar Lounge and Kitchen in Newcastle before getting his chance on the bar.

After a year cutting his teeth in Newcastle, and a short stint working at the legendary Press Club in Brisbane, Tom got his big break when he moved north to Edinburgh to work at world renowned bar Bramble in 2010.

Tom spent the best of two years in Edinburgh, working under the tutelage of owners Mike Aikman and Jason Scott, gaining a passion for classic drinks, pursuing a growing interest in scotch whisky, and being part of a team that was twice mentioned as one of the Worlds 50 Best Bars.

In the summer of 2012 an opportunity in London came calling, and Tom left Bramble to don the famous white jacket as a senior bartender at the famed American Bar at The Savoy Hotel. It was whilst he was in London that Tom had the most successful stint in his career.

During his time at The Savoy, Tom was part of the team that were consistently nominated for awards at the Spirited Awardsat Tales of the Cocktailsheld in New Orleans every year, including ‘International Cocktail Menu of the Year (2013 & 2014)’, ‘International Bar Team of the Year (2014), ‘International Hotel Bar of the Year (2014) and ‘International Bartender of the Year (2014)’. However, Tom’s biggest achievement came when he won the national and global finals of the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in 2014, becoming one of the only British bartenders to win a global title. Tom was also named as one of the worlds 10 best bartenders in 2014 by The Spirits Business.

At the end of 2014 Tom moved across the Atlantic to work at the world-famous Attaboy, the acclaimed bar that occupies the old Milk & Honey site on 134 Eldridge Street in Manhattan, and went onto work some of New York’s best bars including Fresh Kills, Dutch Kills, Sunday in Brooklyn and Donna Cocktail Club

Outside of the bar, Tom has featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Vice,and has conducted seminars and workshops in cities as far as Singapore, Moscow, and Mumbai.

These days, Tom works at the Fontaine Bleau Hotel on Miami Beach. He currnetly lives with his wife in Miami, Florida.

 

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