Frankie Thaheld :: CHEF'S ROLL :: The Professional Chef Network Frankie Thaheld EXPERIENCE I am dedicated in bringing the elements of the kitchen and garden with elevated technique to the bar to create multi-sensory and memorable beverage experiences. Backlot Bees Knees - london dry gin, pressed lemon, orange blossom honey, lavender soda EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE Snake Oil Cocktail Company. San Diego, CA Partner / Director of Culinary MixologyGeorge's At The Cove. La Jolla, CA Head MixologistAlchemy. San Diego, ca Head MixologistCalifornia Pizza Kitchen. San Diego, CA Corporate Trainer SKILLS & EXPERTISE Menu developmentCompetition judgingRecipe developmentStaff trainingIngredient sourcing Food/menu costingLabor cost managementTrainingCulinary writingTV/radio guest appearances Frankie Thaheld firstname.lastname@example.org San Diego, CAUnited StatesSnake Oil Cocktail CompanyPartner / Director of Culinary Mixology I started my beverage career as a soda jerk in Fullerton, California in the late 80's. It wasn't until I worked as a bartender/corporate trainer for California Pizza Kitchen that I learned a love for bartending.After 11 years of globetrotting and teaching people in foreign lands the basic trade, I wanted to increase my own skill level and challenge myself. I became the head mixologist at the well respected, George's At The Cove - California Modern Restaurant. Our chef took me to NYC and we explored numerous speak easies and cocktail bars. One in particular struck me as profound when I saw a cilantro infused gin for the first time. This really inspired me and opened my eyes to something other than pre prohibition cocktail stylings.I soon started to experiment with vegetables, rare herbs & spices and exotic fruits. Building on these factors and learning to carefully balance complex flavors and acidity became a passion. Still holding to the tenets of classic cocktail recipes, I found a way to live in both worlds.I am always looking around the corner for the next innovation and hope to be creating some of my own.