In January this year, Jack Daniel’s announced they were launching a Bartender’s Mentoring Program known as Tennessee Campus here in Kenya. This move was in line with the brand’s principles that values mentorship and innovation. The sessions would provide Kenyan bartenders the opportunity to master their craft through a 360’ educative and entrepreneurship initiative that will cover all aspects of the bartending profession.
Scheduled to happen in March, the training was affected by the global pandemic but we are glad to report that the first group of 60 bartenders finally attended and graduated virtually.
Tennessee Campus comes at a time when the hospitality industry has been one of the most highly impacted industries globally due to COVID-19. The skills and insights shared will not only serve as a useful tool for local bartenders but will also provide a source of inspiration and motivation as they navigate these new challenges.
The speakers included; Nidal Ramini – Jack Daniel’s Head of Advocacy (based in the UK), David Mwangi Mutunga – Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador, Brian Owango – Managing Director Aqueous and Paul Gachohi, Director Nairobi Bar School. The Art of Entrepreneurialism, The Art of Creativity, and Delivering Quality and Consistency were the main subject matters.
With bars and restaurants slowly opening up, it is good to see brands like Jack Daniel’s polishing up the skills to ensure we get the very best at these establishments.