Monin appoints leading bartender as beverage innovation manager


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Leading bartender Lee Hyde (pictured) has joined global syrup company Monin as beverage innovation manager for the UK and Ireland.

Lee will be based at the Monin Studio London in Hoxton Square and work on growing the brand’s UK presence alongside Monin UK brand ambassador James Coston, beverage innovation director Tony Gergov and Darril Ling, brand director at UK distributor Bennett Opie.

His particular focus will be drinks menu and recipe design in addition to providing support and training sessions for Monin’s national customers in the pub, club and bar sectors.

Drawing on 14 years’ experience in the hospitality industry – including a stint as bar manager of Oskar’s Bar at Michelin-starred Dabbous in London – Lee will also report on beverage trends within the UK and Irish markets and undertake flavour and recipe development across the entire Monin range of over 140 syrups, sauces, tea concentrates, frappé powders and smoothie mixes.

Lee has managed a host of leading London bars including Bar Américain at Brasserie Zédel and Pollen Street Social in London and also worked as a drinks consultant for Nestlé.

He is a familiar face from cocktail competitions: he travelled to Mexico as a finalist in Diageo Reserve’s World Class and to Tennessee as a finalist with Jack Daniel’s and, in 2013, he represented the UK at the 62nd World Cocktail Competition in Prague.

Lee said: “Monin is a world-class brand I’ve always admired, so I’m really excited to be joining the team. From classics like gomme and grenadine to industry firsts such as Tonka Bean and Falernum, the sheer range of flavours is staggering.”

Darril added: “Monin is going from strength to strength in the UK and Ireland, and appointing a new beverage innovation manager means we can continue to offer unparalleled service to our clients across the hospitality industry. Lee has impeccable credentials when it comes to developing exciting and innovative drinks, so we look forward to seeing his creations.”

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