Delegate Profile

Tristan Stephenson


Tristan Stephenson is an award winning bar operator, bartender, chef, some-time journalist, and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books. He is the co-founder of London-based Fluid Movement, a globally renowned drinks consultancy firm, and half the brains behind the drinks programs at some of the world’s top drinking and eating destinations - he’s also quite handy with an espresso machine.

Having started his career in the kitchens of various Cornish restaurants, Tristan was eventually given the task of designing cocktails and running bar operations for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant (in Cornwall) back in 2007. He did that, then went on to work for the world’s biggest premium drinks company, Diageo, for two years.

After co-founding Fluid Movement in 2009, Tristan went on to open Purl, his first bar, in 2010, and the Worship Street Whistling Shop in 2011 (Time Out London’s ‘Best new bar 2011’). In 2012 Fluid Movement opened their first restaurant in London, Dach & Sons, a New York inspired hot-dog, beer and bourbon bar. In 2014 Fluid Movement opened its first venue outside of London: Surfside, a steak and lobster restaurant on Polzeath beach in North Cornwall, which was awarded the No. 1 Position in the Sunday Times ‘Best alfresco dining spots in the UK 2015’. Tristan served as head chef there for the first year and continues to manage the food and beverage offering. In 2016 Fluid Movement launched Black Rock, a breakthrough whisky bar concept that was awarded the UK’s ‘Best Specialist Bar’ by Class Magazine. Spring 2017 saw the arrival The Napoleon Hotel — literally built on top of Black Rock, the venue features just one luxury room and two bars: SACK (a modern sherry and tapas bar) and The Devil’s Darling (a classic cocktail bar).

In 2015 Tristan co-launched Aske Stephenson, a bottled cocktail manufacturing company. In 2017 he co-launched Whisky-Me, a breakthrough whisky subscription service that delivers a monthly 5cl pouches of single malt through members letterboxes.

Tristan has travelled to over 250 distilleries around the world, across something like 45 countries, including Holland, Scotland, Mexico, Cuba, France, Lebanon, Italy, Guatemala, Japan, and every major island in the Caribbean. Tristan was awarded UK bartender of the year in 2012 and in the same year was included in Evening Standard’s top 1000 most influential Londoners. He has appeared on various TV shows in the UK, including Market Kitchen, Live with Gabby and Something For the Weekend. Tristan is an occasional contributor

In 2009 he was ranked 3rd in the UK Barista Championships. Previous to this he successfully harvested, processed, roasted and brewed the first cup of UK grown coffee from the Eden Project in Cornwall, achieving international press coverage. In Spring 2015 he published his first coffee book, The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee (RPS)

Tristan’s first book, the Andre Simon Award nominated, The Curious Bartender: The Artistry & Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail was released in October 2013 andbecame an Evening Standard Bestseller. His second book, The Curious Bartender: And Odyssey of Whiskies hit the shelves in October 2014, and was followed by theAndre Simon Award nominated The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace, and mostrecently, his fifth book, The Curious Bartender’s Rum Revolution, published in April2017.

Tristan is husband to Laura and father to Dexter and Robin. In his very limited spare time he rides a Triumph motorcycle, takes photos, designs websites, bakes stuff, cooks a lot, attempts various DIY tasks beyond his level of ability, and collects whisky and books.

Conference Sessions

  • The Many Faces of Rum

    02 Jul 2018, 14:45 - 15:30, Taste Zone

    Fluid Movement's Tristan Stephenson puts rum under the microscope and presents a laser-sharp tasting of the category's key styles. 

    • Language: English

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