Lynnette Marrero named winner of Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2021

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Lynnette Marrero named winner of Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2021

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Lynnette Marrero, bar manager at Llama Inn in New York has been named the winner of the Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2021.

An award-winning bartender known for co-creating the world's first all-femme-identifying speed bartending competition Speed Rack, Marrero is widely regarded as a true leader in the cocktail world.

Her career began at NYC’s Flatiron Lounge as a server before making the transition from front of house to bartender.

She then went on to shadow a master rum blender in Guatemala and work as an ambassador for two years before returning to New York to set up her own company Drinksat6, creating a new generation of cocktail bartenders and elevating the bar programme at restaurants.

In 2015, Marrero helped design the bar programme at acclaimed Peruvian restaurant Llama Inn in Brooklyn, followed by Llama San in Manhattan, both of which have since won a plethora of awards under her leadership. Other notable projects include her role on the board at the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, her work offering mental health support for hospitality staff and pioneering the bar programme for New York’s much-loved Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream.

“The Altos Bartenders’ Bartender Award means so much to me, especially this year. Not being able to connect in person with the wonderful people in this industry was really hard,” she says.

“It is these connections with peers that I value so much in this industry. We were forced to renew and rebuild these connections in a digital way, and I was fortunate to have many opportunities to foster these relationships from afar.

“From the Speed Rack Advisory Squad to other educational platforms and advocacy work with the Restaurant Worker's Community Foundation, I am in awe of the resilience of our community.”

The award is voted for by the bartenders at the venues on this year’s list of The World’s 50 Best Bars, who are asked to name one peer who pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a great bartender. It is one of a series of pre-announced awards in the month leading up to the awards ceremony at the Roundhouse, London, on 7 December.

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2021 list will be unveiled at the in-person ceremony, which begins at 8.30pm. It will be live streamed on Facebook and the 50 Best Bars TV YouTube Channel.

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