Keegan Eric Smith is Mixologist at Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway
Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway has welcomed mixologist and flair bartending specialist Keegan Smith. He will curate exclusive cocktails and mocktails at the new Alfresco by Bene restaurant and join the High Ultra Lounge. Bringing 16 years of experience, he has spent the past eight years specialising in spirits and mixology. Before joining Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, he was associated with Bar Hemingways, a specialist whisky bar in South Africa and prior to that held leadership roles at other famous outlets.
Coming from a humble background, Smith found his true calling in bartending at a young age, when he came across a bartender performing at the bar where he worked as a server. The following years saw him being named in the top five flair bartenders in Africa and a distinguished title for designing Africa’s most expensive cocktail ‘The Hemingways at 50K’.
His creative genius came to the fore when one of his recent creations ‘The Nicci’ was awarded best cocktail at the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge 2016. Smith also has three National Flair Bartending titles to his name that further substantiates his position to be one of the very exciting talents in this space. He has trained over 2000 bartenders at over 500 venues with Liquid Concepts, one of his previous employers.
Smith also runs a not for profit platform, Flair for Life in South Africa that raises funds for people diagnoised with cancer. The competition is aimed at bringing people together, where the cocktails are auctioned and the proceeds breathe in a new lease of life for the cancer patients.
Speaking on Smith’s appointment, Sujeet Kumar, general manager at Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, said, “We are ecstatic to have Keegan to be part of our brand. The experience and skill sets he brings to the table will surely add a new dimension to our bar operations. With his expertise in this domain, we are confident to create newer benchmarks and serve our customers with world-class offerings.”