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Team FDM: Chris Iommazzo

Chris FDM

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At the age of 14, Chris started his hospo career as a restaurant server.  After a few years he moved into the kitchen as a pastry chef. Soon after, Chris had his first job as bartender and hasn’t looked back since. He’s been fortunate enough to have run one of Adelaide’s best late night hot spots, Apple Nightclub, further fueling his passion for quality. Having studied hospitality management, it’s something he always loved doing.  Delivering quality service and educating people is Chris’ number one goal in the industry! Book your training with Chris today!


Adhering to social distancing procedures, Chris answered a few fun questions for Team FDM!



FDM: If you could eliminate one cocktail what would it be?

Chris: The Pimms Cup. Whiskey me please!

FDM: You’re stuck on a desert island. What are you drinking during your stay?

Chris:  Penicillin. Sweet, spice and smoke!

FDM: What’s your favorite thing about the industry?

Chris: memories. Seeing someone smile after a great meal or drink knowing they’re going to remember that for a long time to come.

FDM: If you weren’t in the spirits industry, where would you be?

Chris:  I’d be involved in wine for the prestige

FDM: What’s the most underrated drinking city?

Chris:  Adelaide! Of course, South Australia proud. Take your time to explore, you won’t be disappointed with what you find.

FDM: Favourite Southtrade product?

Chris: Buffalo Trace, old faithful!

FDM: Any advice for someone starting?

Chris: Be yourself. People appreciate genuine enthusiasm for their craft. Never stop learning

FDM: Can you remember your worst shift behind the bar?

Chris: I remember one fight in particular at the nightclub I used to run. I was making a round of drinks for one of our promoters when I heard the unmistakable sound of glass breaking. I looked up and saw blood running down the face of one patron and another with a broken beer bottle in his hand. It goes without saying that was one of the most horrific bar injuries I’ve seen. Chaos ensued, all involved parties were removed and medically attended to, charges pressed, statements given, court appearance made. Just an all around bad time.