Creating cocktails since 1997 at some of the top resorts on the West Coast, Amin Benny ("Benny") also known as The Bar Host, has definitely earned his position within the cocktail community.
After over a decade as a bartender in Las Vegas, Nevada at Caesars Palace and Mandalay Bay, Benny returned to his native home in Southern California.
He joined the United States Bartenders’ Guild ("USBG") and noticing there was a need for Orange County (previously the only chapters were Los Angeles and San Diego), pitched, promoted and established the where he became the founder and President of the USBG Orange County, complete with a Press Release announcing its creation..
We chat with Benny about the rigorous bartending training required to work on "The Strip" (including the Nevada certified training), flair bartending and high volume. as well as other things like barrel aged cocktails, maintaining a room's presence, cocktail creation and the parallel between chefs and bartenders as Tribes of Fire and Ice.
We also welcome Benny officially to the Bartender Journey Podcast team as a regular contributor and de facto West Coast rep.bartender advocate!