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Watch other panels from the Career Series:

>> Sommerliers: The Path of the Sommelier with David Lombardo,Thomas Combescot-Lepere, Belinda Chang, and Chris Goodhart

>> Chefs’ Personal Assistants: Rachael Carron (Wylie Dufresne), Beth Aretsky (Anthony Bourdain), Kristen Gegnas (Charlie Palmer), and Christa Weaving (David Burke)

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    Career Series at the Astor Center Session One

Mixologists: Beyond the Bar with Allen Katz, Junior Merino, and Yvan Lemoine

October, 2008

“There’s a hazing aspect to it.”
“You just have to show them that you really want it.”
“You’ll have to do all of the grunt work that no one wants to do.”

Sound familiar? They’re the tried and true words of advice we’re used to hearing from chefs. Only this time they come from a group of mixologists—Yvan Lemoine (, Allen Katz (Southern Wine & Spirits), and Junior Merino (The Liquid Chef)—during the first panel discussion of the StarChefs Career Series at the Astor Wine Center in New York. Who’s driving mixology, chefs or bartenders? Should you lie your way into your first bartending job, the way Lemoine did?

The three cocktail experts revealed the mistakes from their early career days, shared their personal beverage role models and debated the interdisciplinary philosophy of mixology. And the most important point that they could all agreed on? Drinking—it’s your best education.

Watch the video and hear it for yourself: Lemoine, Katz, and Merino share their experiences with hopeful and honest advice about breaking into the world of mixology. Career Series at the Astor Center Session One

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Published October 2008