By Nathan Greene, Resident Mixologist
International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event Star of the Bar winner
My name is Nathan Greene, and I am excited and honored to be a part of the Floored! team. I suppose I got this gig because I was named the 2010 International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event “Star of the Bar” competition winner back in May. *grins*
That competition, which I found on Twitter no less, has completely changed my life. When I submitted my video to be considered for the semi-finals of the competition, I was fresh out of Crescent School of Gaming and Bartending, having graduated from their 3 month Beverage Management program here in Las Vegas, NV. Life issues forced me to reevaluate my career path a few months earlier, and because I was having trouble, especially in this economy, finding even just a barback position right out of school (I actually ended up sending out 41 applications, going on 9 interviews and 5 call back interviews overall to no avail), I thought I’d show some initiative and try my hand at creating cocktails in hopes that I could build my resume since I lacked experience in the industry.
Competition was tough; I was up against creative amateurs and well-known mixologists, but ultimately and amazingly, my “Kiwi Berry Serinitea” was voted the winner, and life has been a whirlwind since.