Ollie Margan, Adelaide. I work operationally across a number of bars and restaurants in Adelaide (South Australia). Most often you will see me touching tables at my first venue, Maybe Mae.
Thanks! Feeling all the warm and fuzzies. Last year was so soul demoralising, so to kick off 2021 with an accolade like this is equal parts humbling and motivating.
This came as such a surprise that I didn’t spend much time thinking about what we would use the funds for. Primarily though, we are partnering with fledgeling not-for-profit “The Pursuit of Hospitality” to help drive their program which focuses on education, networking and mentoring across the hospitality sector. Moving out of this pandemic, it is extremely clear to me that preserving and fostering our people is vital.
Trying not to take it personally. The subject itself is something I try to avoid talking about, as worrying about fixed variables is an exercise in futility. Instead, we have turned our attention to bringing the positive energy to work each day and understanding that our guests yearn for what we provide, now more than ever.
Adelaide has the most genuine ‘locally-focused’ food and beverage scene in the world. Don’t @ me.
Did I mention the people yet?
A wet martini with Evan Stroeve and Jimmy Irvine, made by Darren Leaney, served by Nathan Beasley, at Attaboy (New York). A boy can dream, right?
New York is pretty hard to beat. Maison Premiere (RIP) for sherry and oysters, McSorley's for an afternoon ale, Nomad for a fancy drink, Mace for something challenging, Attaboy to finish.
Had a lock-in at my first bar job with Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) that got pretty wild.
The Exeter Hotel followed by Hellbound Wine Bar with my good mate Kevin.
Always love making something new
Winemaking is my other trade
A big bottle of fino sherry
Work is always a good one
Something fun, in a blender, with an obnoxious garnish. Disco drinks!