— FATIH AKERDEM —
Bartender of the Month
Bartender of the month Fatih Akerdem of the Westin Grand Frankfurt has come a long way since arriving in Germany in 1973. Fatih attended the Hotel School in Izmir, Turkey, where he grew up, before accepting a new position at the Hotel Intercontinental Frankfurt. For five years he held various positions including Waiter, Cook and Night Auditor before settling into the bar scene as a Bartender and finally Assistant Chief Bar Manager until 1990.
Things have been looking up for Fatih ever since; now he’s the Bar Manager of Arabella Bar & Lounge at the Westin Grand Frankfurt, a central meeting point of the hotel located in the spacious atrium. There he’s known for making the best organic, colourful and delicious cocktails and for being instantly approachable. “I am very proud that Gosling’s Bermuda Rum is finally available in Germany. Also my guests are very happy that I am now able to offer them the classic Dark ’n Stormy cocktail, which I can now mix with the original Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. Gosling’s Bermuda rum is very popular in Germany and there is a big demand for it in my bar.” As well as the Dark ‘n Stormy cocktail, Fatih receives many requests for his personal creation, The President, made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, Maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, passion fruit liqueur and strawberry liqueur.
While his responsibilities as a manager, husband and father consume most of his time, Fatih still finds time to be a member of the German Bartenders Union, teach and organise bar training workshops in schools, bars, hotels and holiday villages in Wiesbaden, Essen, Frankfurt in Germany, Ankara, Izmir, Antalya, Alanya in Turkey, Singapore, Saint Petersburg in Russia and Tripoli in Libya. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also the author of the Cocktail book “Raki Nights” and the founder and inventor of the Magic Shaker, Martini cocktail glass cooler and Easycaipi, and enjoys reading, soccer, swimming and collecting antique cocktail books and barware.
If you’re in Frankfurt and looking for a place to relax and kick back in comfort and enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the bar, be sure to visit the stylish Arabella Bar & Lounge at the Westin Grand Frankfurt located right in the heart of the lively metropolis.
Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 7 • 60313 Frankfurt am Main - Deutschland
Phone: +49 69 2981 0
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