Max La Rocca has worked as a Bartender, Bar Manager and Supervisor in some of the world’s finest establishments, including the luxurious Claridge’s Hotel and Harrods’ in London, the Stravinskij Bar at the Hotel De Russie in Rome, the Relais & Chateaux “Sheen Falls Lodge” in Ireland, the Mandarin Oriental Luxury Hotel in Barcelona and the Boutique Bar in the exclusive five star Ohla Hotel also in Barcelona.
He’s been conducting successful onboard cocktail & bar skills training programs focusing on bar-set up & cocktail making techniques required to allow crew members to recognise key qualities in spirits, liquors and fresh ingredients in order to balance flavours and make high end drinks on Cruise Ships and luxury Yachts.
Elegant and classy, Max is an awarding winning master, has been quoted as an expert mixologist by many international magazines and currently is also covering the prestigious role of European Brand Ambassador for 17 Countries in Western Europe for the Diageo World Class Bartending Competition, as Judge, Speaker, Trainer and Consultant.
Italian, English and Spanish Speaking
He’s been judged as one of the most creative and entertaining Bartenders and been crowned with the prestigious title of “Ireland’s WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2010” advancing to the Global Final in Athens, where he stood out, being placed 3° in the world amongst 9000 Bartenders.
Max is part of the esteemed judging panel for both Tales of The Cocktails and 50 Best Bars and has been nominated at Tales amongst the 10 BEST INTERNATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADORS of the Year in 2015 and amongst the 10 BEST INTERNATIONAL BARTENDERS of the Year of the Year in 2012.
Having developed cocktails around the globe, he has his recipes listed in some of the best Bars around the World and on relevant Cocktail Books, few examples below:
– Gary Regans’ Best New Cocktails 2012
– Diageo World Class Books
– Gary Regans’ Manual for Bartenders 2012
– Monin Anniversary Cocktail Book
– The Grey Goose Long Drink Book
– Gary Regans’ The Negroni: a Gaz Regan notion
– Gary Regans’ Best New Cocktails 2013
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