Ryan Chetiyawardana is a veteran of The Whisky Show, having been involved in our cocktail program since 2011. We are pleased to welcome him back after a couple of very busy years away.
Originally destined to become a chef, Ryan moved from in the kitchen to behind the bar, where he found his true calling. After stints at Bramble in Edinburgh and 69 Colebrooke Row in London he set out on his own, and has since become one of the most sought-after bartenders in the business.
The four most recent bars that he has helped open have gone on to win national awards and feature in the top 40 of Drinks International's World's Best Bars list. His first cocktail book is a go-to guide at Whisky Show HQ, his drinks have been featured on menus around the world and he was named Innovator of the Year at the 2014 Imbibe awards.
White Lyan, his award-winning Hoxton cocktail bar, is in the middle of a rebuild, and we look forward to quizzing Ryan about what's next.