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Herb Westphalen

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Chef Herb Westphalen

Creative Mixologist, Private Consultant

Interview | Featured Recipes


Q: What influenced you to pursue a career in mixology?

A: The biggest influence has been my love of flavors and creating appropriate tastes to match cuisine as well as creative presentation.

Q: Describe how your personal style works with your career as a mixologist?

A: Coming from a creative background in design and events, I thrive on bringing my cocktails to the level of great entertainment. They taste great, look amazing and say something.

Q: Who taught you the most about your career?

Honestly, Julia Child. She made sure to remind me that everything I do should bring me joy and not to let anyone discourage me.

Q: Describe your journey to get where you are.

A: I spent years as an Art & Creative director, eventually establishing my own design studio, but always catering and designing private events where I created fresh, often herbal, cocktails. I chose to leave the design industry full-time and took a position as General Manager and Director of Events & Promotion for a restaurant group in Manhattan. I started creating signature cocktails for the restaurants and eventually continued by establishing my own business, creating unique cocktails for Bars and Restaurants, Weddings, Events ect.

Q: If you could choose any famous person from the industry, dead or alive, to spend the day with, who would it be and why?

A: Julia Child, as she taught me to love sharing my passion for food, flavor and entertaining.

Q: What is your favorite Chefwear, Barwear, or Greet item and why?

A: I love my Chefwear Chef jacket with my logo! It lets me present myself as a true professional and is, in itself, good promotion.

Q: What advice do you have for the future mixologists out there?

A: Start simple, stay focused, love what you do and “drink outside the box”!

Q: Awards and accolades.

A: I and my cocktails have been featured and interviewed in ESQUIRE, New York Magazine Weddings, The Knot Magazine and website, Entrée Magazine, I DO for Brides Magazine, Cheers Magazine and local publications world-wide, as well as many blogs and websites

Featured Recipes:


The Tartan Cocktail

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