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Devender Kumar

Speciality Spirits
FromHong Kong
Company8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA
PositionBar Manager

Devender Kumar is one of India’s most well-known bartenders and is recognised worldwide as one of the key figures in pushing the boundaries of India’s burgeoning cocktail revolution.

He stepped his feet in the bartending career in 2006 and with time, he has grown and gained remarkable experience in Delhi and Mumbai working with the Taj Hotels, Bar Schools, heading the Ellipsis Mumbai bar team and leading overseas projects in both Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Being awarded as India’s World Class Bartender of the year 2012, Devender was among the top 40 bartenders who participated in the global World Class finals in Brazil. He was also the Bacardi Martini Grand Prix India Flair champion in 2009 and ranked 5th globally in the world finals in Italy.

In 2013, Devender moved to Hong Kong where he joined the Italian restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana. This led him to further refine his palate and understanding of the food and restaurant scene, while unleashing his creativity and providing a flavoursome experience to the audience in Chef Bombana’s vibrant bar.

In 2015 he won the Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition with his signature drink “The Optimist”, and went on to represent Hong Kong and Macau in the world final in Sidney. The same year Drink World Asia ranked him among the Top 25 Bartenders of the year for Hong Kong and Macau, and Bacardi featured him in the “Untameable” series, celebrating how, with passion and dedication, one could overcome many obstacles in the bartending career and in life.

 Devender Kumar

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