February 11, 2015

Spirits Chevalier Beyond Mixologist

Spirits Chevalier Beyond Mixologist | Überbartools™

French terms are entrenched in hospitality, adding elegance and refinement to describe process and outcomes.

Once upon a time, professional bartenders struggled with an adequate descriptor to purpose their skills and talent.

To fill this void, various self-ascribed terms were created and have now entered the bar lexicon including Mixologist, Liquid Chef, and Cocktologist, to name a few.

In a new age where a shingle can be quickly invented via a web site, LinkedIn profile or business card... it’s perhaps timely whereby spirits knowledge, mixing, serving experience, operational know-how and management skill could be better defined with an all-encompassing term with professional presence, prestige and yes, panache!

Australians are a funny lot… we invent irreverent and quirky names for everything... some examples… fruit seller: a fruitologist, a trash or garbage collector: a garbologist... whilst in no way diminishing these professions, think there’s still more room that elevates elite bartenders beyond the word mixologist!

Garbage Collector | Überbartools™

It’s not unknown for some bar rookies to imagine that attendance at a 1 day bar course, several spirits education event(s) together with a little bit of “stick” under the belt to be sufficient to self-describe as a Mixologist nee bartender... of course the more practical amongst us know it takes a lot more than spirits to maketh the bartender.

Back in Prohibition times and the generation before, bartending was considered not only a noble profession but a position with community respect; in a nut shell the word bartender meant something.

It takes years to acquire the necessary mastery to evolve past a generic descriptor such as bartender and in the process attain meritorious professional standing; with requisite recognition and compensation.

It’s time for a newer term to clearly position the professors of spirits from the doctors, interns and students of the mahogany!

Spirit Chevalier | Überbartools™We propose a new term:
Spirits Chevalier, elevating the Mixologist to a higher standing equivalent or surpassing that associated with the term, Sommelier.

A Spirit Chevalier can only be earned not daubed like a fake Knighthood or regal title purchased from a defunct duchy, princedom or cash strapped state.
Great terms with honours must be accorded; requiring new levels of International standards so that those who have acquired and fulfilled all aspects can only then be elevated to become a Spirits Chevalier.