Ian Burrell Global Rum Ambassador to speak at CFDE Conference
Caribbean Food and Drink 2015 is pleased to present Ian Burrell Global Rum Ambassador who will be on the panel of speakers at the Caribbean Food and Drink Conference, Friday 10th July 2015.
Even before he began his career as a singer/rapper, with hits such as ‘Rock da Juice’ which were used in several big Hollywood motion pictures, Ian was and will always be a mixologists. He is also the founder and brains behind UK RumFest…The Rum Experience- The world’s first ever International festival to celebrate the diversity of Rum, now the biggest Rum Festival in the world.
Even before he began his career as a singer/rapper, with hits such as ‘Rock da Juice’
which were used in several big Hollywood motion pictures, Ian was and will always be a mixologists. He is also the founder and brains behind UK RumFest…The Rum Experience- The world’s first ever International festival to celebrate the diversity of Rum, now the biggest Rum Festival in the world.
Ian’s career has taken him on an interesting inspired journey. He first dived into the cocktail world during the boom of the early 90’s while taking a year off from school. Mixing fun cocktails such as “Long Island Ice teas, “Sex on the Beach” and “Freddy Fudpuckers” were the rage back then and Ian took to the industry like a duck to water for chemistry was his major in school.
“Alcohol is the element and cocktails the compound” is one of his favourite quotes. But it was his love of tropical cuisine and creating drinks to match that brought his attention to drinks companies such as J Wray & Nephew, who made Ian the first Rum Brand Ambassadors in the UK.
His role was to create rum cocktails for their high profile accounts, as well as telling the story of rum to an ever growing cocktail and bar culture. Although the task of educating a new wave of bartenders and mixologists was demanding, Ian still found time to co present two TV shows on ITV; perform on stages around the world as rapper, “Via B”; Formed the group called “The Dude” which had songs in Hollywood movies such as “Scooby-Doo and Kangaroo Jack”; and play professional basketball in the British Basketball league.
Today is Ian Recognised as The worlds ONLY Global Ambassador for Rum, acting as consultant to all the major spirit companies including Bacardi, Pernod Ricard, Diageo and J Wray & Nephew; as well as travelling around the globe conducting “Edu-Taining” rum seminars at Bar Shows in Australia, France, the Netherlands, India, Berlin and London as well as The Manhattan Cocktail Classic & Tales Of the Cocktail; Rum master classes and Rum academies in over 20 countries; tasting’s and of course judging many cocktail competitions.
Ian is also the owner of the UK’s No.1 Caribbean Restaurant, Cottons Camden.
Awards, Accolades & Trophies.
Many Music and Basketball awards but they’re not drink related…
In 2014 Ian became The Guinness World record holder for the largest rum tasting and master class.
In 2013 Ian became the first person to set up a pop up rum shack in Antarctica.
Nominated as Global Spirits International Ambassador of the Year 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 at The world most respected spirits and cocktail event “The Spirited Awards” at Tales of the cocktail
Voted 16th in Theme Magazine’s Top 100, most influential people within the drinks industry. And No.1 trainer to the UK drinks industry.
Drinks International Bartender of the Year 2008 Gold medal winner
Drinks International Cocktail Challenge 2008 Gold Medal winner
One of the Observer/Courvoisier Future 500 for 2008. To honour 500 future people to watch within their respected industry.
Included in the Maxxium Yearbook 2007 for the most influential people within the UK Bar industry of all time.
Contributor & writer to spirit magazines in the UK, Germany; The Netherlands; China; South Africa; Australasia and the USA