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Kelley Hill - Mixologist Of The Month

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Bio

  • Date of Birth: February 1992
  • Height: You tell me
  • Birthplace: Reading
  • Eye colour: Blue
  • Nationality: British

"I started in a pub in Reading called the Purple Turtle , from here I met a group of awesome bartenders from there and the surrounding bars. Biggest influence would be the bar called Sahra and more importantly the people that ran it. Still to this day I've never seen a bar like it and I've now been behind bars from just over 13years.

After 5-6 years of doing the rounds in Reading, from dive bars to restaurant chains, 5 star hotels I decided to move to London as sadly Sahara got brought out. So here I am! Here I've worked in some prestigious restaurant bars, better cocktail bars and even had a chance to run a few. Currently I run Found in Shoreditch, as soon as I walked into this bar I fell in love with its hidden beauty. You could call it a speak easy with easy speaking staff, always ourselves and love a good story."

Signature Cocktails

Claim To Fame

Being KFH is fame.

List of your awards, accolades, trophies

Award wise, Frank Sinatra once sang…

"I've had a few
But then again too few to mention
I did what I had to do
I saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much, much more
I did it, I did it my way"

I've won a few competitions and sometimes get convinced to be behind a camera but the real reward is behind the bar and seeing where the night takes you.

Q & A

What do you as a mixologist think about beer? Any brews of note for you?
As a "mixologist" I don't think about beer! No beef but I'm not a beer lady, unless you make it a shady! Preferably bitter or larger

If you could offer a couple of short pieces of advice to the average bartender, what would they be?
GOD SPEED.
Always carry a spare pair of knickers.
Have fun but not too much! You will get the sack.
If not, find a large bin and get in it.

Surely you have some pet peeves about bartenders -- care to share?
Use both hands! You can chat all you want but if bar back mountain is behind you......I will be chucking a cloth at your head and I won't say 50. This goes for everything, take a bottle of water with you whilst walking around, then you don't have interrupt guest and they won't put therehands up (well some people need Jesus still) when your walking around having a jolly then oh shit...... everyone is in the weeds

As a mixologist/consultant, you work directly with many restaurants on their drink menus -- describe the parts of this process.
What I say goes basically.?

How did you get started?
Well........ Purple Turtle in reading! Hats off to them! I didn't know nothing, my night out was a bottle of lambrizi, cherry one if you were feeling fancy, my mums ouzo or a bottle of lynks Africa lol. I thought Bacardi was vodka, wtf is a layered shot? How do you even change a keg and wtf is leaking through the ceiling jobby. Think I was there for a year and a bit and loved it, that's where I met everyone and that's why I'm here. From working there I met the best people in a bar called sahara just down the road. This to this day had the best team, (bar one ha) the most knowledgeable, the kindest and most crazy I've ever met. They have all made gold of anything they touch.

Did you take any courses?
In the army, GRANADE.

What are some trends you're seeing in the market?
I don't get out much, it's November..... maybe we should all be making some crazy Cockburns ruby port mulled wine? Twist it's it's not actually that, we love that shit.

What's your process for creating a new cocktail? And what inspired you in the first place?
Look at classic recipes? Not all equal measures will work obvs but you got a citrus, base and a bit of sug sugs! Go crazy, just do that among yourself and your buddy's, don't be given people some loco thing and they call you the best bartender...... they just fucked and there taste buds were gone like when we all got Covid......that and drinkaware.com

What is your favourite cocktail To make?
People ask me this all the time? Generally when I'm mad busy and I'm reaching for my water pistol. I still got to put something in a tin or glass, shake stir or throw it maybe. Really does my tits in, I mean I love a classic, like looooooove. Still I don't hate making any drink.

What are some of your favourite tools?
MUDDLER.

What is your favourite mixology resource?
Friends, amigos, buddies, bruvs and the rare fish.

What does success mean for you?
Eveyone leaving the bar happy.

What are some current trends you’ve seen in the cocktail market?
I cant see, that's why I wear these shields! Maybe people asking for (someplace) house cocktails. People will drink whatever's pink, on fire or even better.... what I give them.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I don't know what day it is now or 2 weeks ahead.

If you weren't in the drinks industry, what do you think you would be doing now?
Dogs.

Your biggest career influencer?
Dean Mcgregor.... soz to bring you into this man.

First drink you ever tried?
Cockburns ruby port and lemonade.... still my favourite or was it that lynks Africa......that's my mums ouzo talking.

We've all had a bad experience with at least one drink. What drink do you most avoid?
Its a brand and I still love them, so I won't say...... but I work at found, EC2A 4QW, Ravey street if you really must know.

**Your hangover cure? **
Disco whisky dogs.

£10m comes to you. What do you do next?
See ya.

Bar or cellar at home?
Bedside globe cabinet I will have you know.

Favourite beer?
Something with lemonade, or how my nan likes to call it " lemonado dicapri" she was on the port and lemon obvs.

Wine?
I'm easy, what's good for the table and if I'm not surrounded by sommeliers and eating a fine dinner. The house white will do .

Spirit?
MONKEY SHOULER.

Cocktail?
Depends on the day.

Fav Bar?
Found obviously, its a beautiful bar and I'm blessed everyday. If not my own FUNKIDORY because Sergio and Anna have made the most beautiful space.

Restaurant?
Boul.

World location?
Iceland.

Fav film?
Anything with Tom hanks.

Book?
The 2 books Eline Bossman got me.
Shake puppies (if you googled and found a book of just dogs, that's the badger).
Dicktales or "thankyous and sluggings" soft copy MFs.

Album?
Billy Talent 2003.
Six Nation State 2003.

Apparently a good year for albums! If you bothered to read this far I'm not all disco........mostly....going to have to apologise to my 4 disco balls in my room now. Maybe a visit to my bed side globe bar. God I'm fancy.

Singer/band?
Jay Rivera when he sings Bam Bam.

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