Head Mixologist, Biggie Hospitality
Glamour, Guts & Glory behind this profession !
Starting of as a trainee bartender, Sanchayan Jana, Head Mixologist, Biggie Hospitality, has carved a niche for himself in just six years of being in this heady profession. He says that behind the glamour there is a lot of blood, sweat & tears to cope with, if one is to succeed in this profession.
Bartending looks a very glamorous profession but in reality, it is a daunting craft, replete with challenges. I joined this industry around 6 years back as a waiter in Hyatt Regency Kolkata, but I didn't like it. Instead, I found bartending more exciting and respectful as most people in this industry think. Slowly, over time, I moved to the Pool Bar in Hyatt, and after that I moved to Delhi and started my real bartending job. I started from Agni in The Park, New Delhi as trainee bartender. I then moved to the Trident Oberoi, Gurgaon. I became bar supervisor there, and then moved to the corporate world as Beverage Innovation Manager for North India at Monin. I worked there for 1.5 years and then moved to Olive Bar & Kitchen Pvt Ltd.. I am currently working in Biggie Hospitality as Head Mixologist and looking after Prankster, Pra Pra Prank & Pirates of Grill. During this period I have attend many international cocktail competitions such as Bacardi Legacy, Diageo World Class, Monin Cup, War of Spirits, Most Innovative Bartender by DCW, World’s Most Experimental Bartender by Glenfiddich etc and won a few of them.
This job looks & sounds very interesting but in reality it’s not. The work calls for super dedication, focus, ward work and sweat. We have to wipe glasses, squeeze kilos of lime, go to pick-up stores and lift heavy cases of bottles which is quite like participating in a heavy weight championship. The shift hours were nothing less than 12-14 hours those days, but if you survive that part, you then learn from your seniors, gurus, and idols. In the process, if you become creative and experimental with your work then you will definitely have a bright future in this industry.
When you experiment with different ingredients and when people drink it and praise you for the perfect cocktail mix, there is no greater joy. This makes me not only very happy but also gives me the motivation to explore more. There are so many Indian bartenders who are making waves in the international bar market, that they give me the inspiration to do more; people like Hemant Pathak from Junoon NYC, Arijit Bose, Devender Saigal, Navneet Kumar and many more. These guys are taking Indian bartending to another level.
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