Mixology is far more than a perfectly mixed drink, it’s an unpredictable journey of the senses and Bestbuy Maldives’ Sahan Weerasinghe is leading the way.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Sahan started his working life in the hospitality industry as a kitchen apprentice; he later went on to study Hospitality Management but it was when he was offered a position as a trainee bartender that his passion for mixology was ignited. A true perfectionist, Sahan was always experimenting with ingredients, flavours and techniques; constantly raising the bar and wowing his customers. He gives credit to his former manager, Chef Rohan Fernadopulle, for giving him the opportunity that changed his life and for “always guiding him ever since.”
Sahan is held in high regard as a Mixologist, having made a name for himself internationally by honing his skills at various influential trade shows and competitions. His biggest triumphant was taking home the National Bartender of the Year Award in 2018. Amongst many more wins, he says winning the ‘Most Innovative Mocktail’ in 2018 is one of the most monumental and highlighted moments of his career. As great as it is to win awards and competitions, Sahan expresses that the greatest satisfaction in his profession is seeing the infinite smile on his customer’s faces and seeing them relish the drinks he makes.
Sahan moved to the Maldives on the 1st of January 2019 and is now working as a Mixologist at Bestbuy Maldives (BBM). Mohamed Mazloom, the CEO of BBM, believes that hiring people of such expertise is essential to further diversify the company’s food and beverage brands. “We are determined to refine the culinary industry in the Maldives and always looking for room to manoeuvre by thinking divergently” he says.
Through his art and creativity, not to mention his dedication and passion for mixology, Sahan is set to help elevate the level of bartending in the Maldives.