martini bar
What We Offer Class Schedule Our Instructors Pricing Forums Contact

Our Instructors

Austin Gagnon

Instructor
Cellular 786-444-5364
Office 305-460-8070
Austin@Elitebartendingschool.com


Austin Gagnon started his bartending venture in Upstate New York in the spring of 2001. He was trained by a well-known bar owner, Mario Abate, in a local fast paced college bar called The Eldorado. After completing two years of college and receiving an Associate Degree in Physical Education from HVCC, Austin decided to transfer and finish out his remaining years of college in beautiful Miami, Florida.


While attending Barry University in Miami Shores, Austin put himself through college working in some of the most popular bars in South Florida including Bed, Club Deep, The Fifth, Revolution Live, and the world famous Clevelander hotel on Ocean Drive where he worked as a bartender for 6 years. Austin has also worked and staffed many sporting events and concerts including games for both the University of Miami and Miami Dolphins football teams, the Miami Marlins, the Miami Heat, and for major concerts such as Bang Music Festival, the world renowned Ultra Music Festival (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) Calle Ocho, Rock the Bells, and 2009/2010 NFL Tailgate parties for the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.


Austin graduated from Barry University in 2006, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. It was at this time that the idea of establishing an Elite bartending school in a league of its own started to take shape. Austin wanted to share the knowledge, experiences, and skills that he learned in the bar business over the years to others. Austin provides his students with an exceptional education and learning experience to help them in their pursuit to become a successful bartender and excel in mixology and customer satisfaction.



Kevin Gibbons

Instructor
Cellular 786-447-7303
Office 305-460-8070
kevin@elitebartendingschool.com


Kevin Gibbons was born in Bristol, England. In 2002, at the age of 18 Kevin started his bartending career. Kevin worked in a local cocktail bar and began his knowledge on mixology and flair. For years Kevin worked in pubs and bars around England earning money to support his education in performing arts. After graduating from college Kevin wanted to take his stage career to the bar scene. In 2005, Kevin moved to Spain where he expanded his knowledge on the bar, learned advanced methods and techniques in mixology and flair, and mastered the psychology of bartending. Now well known for his crazy concoctions, Kevin wows his guests with great bottle tricks and satisfies them with fantastic mixology skills, at Off the Hookha Bayside. One of the world’s premiere flair and mixology establishments.


With over nine years working in and managing bars, creating cocktail menus, assisting in opening new locations, and teaching, Kevin brings his education and global knowledge on mixology to Miami Beach, which he offers his talents exclusively to the students of Elite Bartending School.



Amy Northrup

Instructor
Cellular 786-447-7303
Office 305-460-8070
amy@elitebartendingschool.com


Amy Northrup grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, and start bartending right out of high school at the age of 18. She landed her first job at a brand new Martini Bar owned by Dan Marino, which became the most popular bar in the area. This ultra high-volume experience helped her to be ready for any job that came her way. After moving around to different hot spots in St. Petersburg,FL, she decided to move to South Florida and expand her bartending career and knowledge on mixology. Amy worked in many well-known venues such asMangos, Lucky Strike Lanes, Karu and Y, The King is Dead, Badrutt’s Place, Casa Casuarina aka the VersaceMansion, and helped open Blade at the Fontainebleau.


Amy is currently working as a Bartender at the world famous Clevelander Hotel on Ocean Drive. With over 10 years of experience in high volume night-clubs, restaurants, high end private events, and even bar management Amy shares knowledge with her students that will help them excel in any bar environment and instills a hands on education that her students will never forget.



Elda Abate

Instructor
Cellular 786-447-7303
Office 305-460-8070
elda@elitebartendingschool.com


Elda Abate has always grown up in the Food & Beverage Industry. She learned to bartend and managed at a very young age when she started working in her parent’s successful high volume establishments, which included Bars, Nightclubs, and Restaurants and lounges.


During her college years, Elda wanted to explore diverse cities. With her extensive knowledge on the bar she used this skill to bartend in different cities and attended a few different colleges. Elda eventually graduated from Suny Albany University with a B.A. in Business and Theatre. Along her journey, she worked at Dublin’s in Hempstead NY, Reade Street Pub in trendy Tribeca NYC. . Elda bartended many high end exclusive events, some of which included the Oscars Vanity Fair After Party and MTV’s VMA’s After Party. She has assisted in opening new establishments and has created and continues to create numerous cocktail menus in NY, LA, and Miami.


With over 15 years’ experience in bartending and bar managing, Elda has a very versatile background, which she enjoys sharing with her students at Elite Bartending School.



Chad Tocco

Instructor
Cellular 786-447-7303
Office 305-460-8070
chad@elitebartendingschool.com


Chad Tocco was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chad moved to Miami in early 2001 and stepped foot into the Bartending world, working his first bar shift at the age of 19 at The Allstar Cafe on Ocean Drive, South Beach. Chads main draw and passion for bartending was and continues to be Working Flair and Mixology. For 13 years Chad has poured drinks at some of the most popular venues on the East Coast of Florida from West Palm Beach to South Beach, dazzling his patrons with fancy bottle tricks, fire acts, and great cocktails. Chad is a professional Flair competitive bartender, and has placed in the top three in over 30 flair competitions with several wins under his belt. In Spring 2012 Chad become overall points champion at the World Renowned Bartenders Bash Series beating out competitors from all over the US.


Chad currently tends bar at Off the Hookah Bayside and Q lounge in South Beach among other expert flair bartenders, putting on nightly fire shows and constant entertainment. Chads passion for bartending translates to how he teaches his students, inspiring them to become the best bartenders they can be.

Twitter
EliteBartender: Day (11am-3pm) and Evening Classes (6pm-10pm) start Monday 10/20.
EliteBartender: Weekend Class (11am-7pm) starts Sunday 10/19. Enroll Online Now!
EliteBartender: Clases en espanol inicio Lunes 10/27 Inscribase en linea ahora!