Mixologist of the Month - Clotilde Lataille
- Date of Birth: 3rd April
- Birth place: Verdun, Lorraine, France
- Height: 1.71m
- Eye colour: Brown
- Nationality: French
"With a firm background in art, I'm lucky that I have gone quite far in a very short period of time.
From starting out as a floor waitress at Callooh Callay in 2012 - best world cocktail menu at tales 2012 -, I eventually ended up on the bar where I discovered a great passion for it. You can find me today behind the stick at Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar alongside a great & super talented team."
Clotilde's Signature Cocktails
Awards, Accolades and Trophies
Winner of St Germain cocktail competition 2013. Winner of Speed rack 2014. Winner of Martin millers Gin, London regional heat 2015. Winner of Suze/Byrrh competition, London heat 2016.
Member of Les Femmes du bar and #Teamlataille.
Claim to Fame
I claim to leave something behind me. From teaching my passions to creating something new.
Q & A
What do you as a mixologist think about beer? Any brews of note for you? Beer is great! I have been sipping on my dad's beer since I was 5 - I was only allowed the foam. Beer is part of our culture and there's so much that you can do with it. Personal favourites - Lager and wheat beer for refreshment; IPA in cocktails.
If you could offer a couple of short pieces of advice to the average bartender, what would they be? Be curious, attentive, and learn something new every day. The guest is the most important part of our job.
As a mixologist/consultant, you work directly with many restaurants on their drink menus -- describe the parts of this process.
Like in a cocktail bar, it is about being able to read and listen to your customer and to the surroundings... Restaurants are a different playground.
How did you get started? How were you trained in bartending? I'm an artist - I studied art and I have always been passionate about cooking and baking. I started to bake I was 5. Then I worked as a waitress in many different places to pay for my studies. When I made the move to London about 5 years ago, following my master's degree, I discovered the cocktail culture, and I was amazed by bartenders. So I got a job as Callooh Callay and learned everything there. I always feel grateful to have been around such an amazing and talented team at the time and especially Andrea Montague who was our bar manager, my mentor.
Creating a drink is very similar for me to creating a painting. Also I have the possibility of linking both, which is a rare chance to be creative with my passions.
Did you take any courses? Life courses.
What are some trends you're seeing in the market?
Low ABV cocktails, sustainability, foraged ingredients, forgotten spirits.
What's your process for creating a new cocktail? And what inspired you in the first place? As an artist I take inspirations on everything that's the same with cocktails, he can be a book or just walking on the street. Flavour wise I like to look at what chefs do. Cooking has been since the start of the human race, there's a lot to take and to learn from it.
What is your favourite cocktail To make? The one which makes my guests most delighted.
What are some of your favourite tools? Unusual mixing glass, and my copper plated jigger.
What is your favourite mixology resource?
What does success mean for you? Passion, creativity, and challenges.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I don't know but I know its going to be exciting.
If you weren't in the drinks industry, what do you think you would be doing now? I would be a cowboy.
Your biggest career influencer? My brother, Matthias Lataille, my very good friend Camille Vidal and Tomas Estes for his passion.
First drink you ever tried? The top of my dads beer, I was 5. We can hide that I'm French.
We've all had a bad experience with at least one drink. What drink do you most avoid?
Anything with unbalanced flavours.
Your hangover cure? Don't get drunk.
£10m comes to you. What do you do next? Travel, learn, invest in someone and invest in me.
Bar or cellar at home? Cellar, I have a bar at work already.
Favourite beer? At the moment Table Beer from the Kernel Brewery.
Wine? Burgundy both red and white with an affection for chilled Gamay. And Champagne obviously.
Cocktail? At the moment anything with a generous amount of vermouth. Aperitif-style. Big crush on The Martinez.
Fav Bar? Peg + Patriot and Happiness Forgets in London. Little red Door in Paris and Hawksmoor Spitalfields of course.
Restaurant? I love simple food very well made, like Beagle or Duck Soup. There are so many cuisines and restaurants to try! How exiting!
World location? I haven't travelled enough yet to tell. But very much in love with London.
Fav film? My favourite directors: From Wes Anderson, Jacques Audiard to Alejandro G. InArritu.
Book? Favourite writer: Georges Perec.
Album? Tough one. The Velvet underground and Nico. PJ Harvey The Peel session 1991- 2004.
Singer/band? Nina Simone & Keziah Jones.