Claridge’s Director of Bars, Denis Broci, has over 22 years’ experience in hospitality. Denis started working at his uncle’s restaurant from a young age and this is where he fell in love with the industry. He moved to London in 1998 for what was meant to be a two year visit but London soon became home. Denis has worked in fine dining restaurants, bars and hotels working his way up while working for the Roux Fine Dining in the city and Brian Tuner in Mayfair. Denis than started as head bartender at Institute of Directors in Pall Mall before moving to Gordon Ramsay’sMaze, in Mayfair to manage the bar. During his two years with them he was part of the opening team of Maze in Prague and Maze Grill in Mayfair. Denis joined Claridge’s in 2008 to manage Claridge’s Bar and he now also managesThe Fumoir and the recently opened The Painter’s Room. Other projects and achievements have included creating very successful pop-ups with Rene Redzepi’sNoma, Dead Rabbit NY and over the year has visited many distilleries and champagne houses. Most recently Denis curated the cocktails for Mixing with the Bright Young Things by Cecil Beaton, a project that he worked on with the National Portrait Gallery. Denis’s biggest achievement, however, is co-authoring Claridge’s Cocktail Book, a bible of over 400 classic, contemporary and signature recipes created at the hotel’s bars on a daily basis. Denis looks after the purchasing of all spirits for the hotel bars and also the newly opened Claridge’s Cellar Shop. Denis is honored to join the Judging Panel at IWSC.