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In this exclusive interview, we delve into Mr. OD's journey, his insights on the craft of cocktail-making, and his vision for elevating Cambodian mixology on the global stage.


1) Can you tell us about your background in the bar industry and how you first got into the world of mixology?


“Everyone calls me OD as my nickname in the F&B industry. My name’s SIN Rothoudom was born in Phnom Penh in 1992, like a normal boy in the city. Bachelor's degree​ in Accounting and Finance, 2012 I started work as a finance & accountant in a restaurant, at that time I met a good bartender who was very talented. He made me interested in mixology meaning serving beverages called Bartender, bartender like the actor in counter. After 1 year in the restaurant in 2013, I was moved to the night shift as a club manager in the same company, so I work fully with beverage serving.”



2) Have you ever participated in any cocktail-making competitions? How did that experience make you feel?

“I have joined the TOP 30 Academy cocktail-making in 2023, it is just the complete training class program. good experience in building connections with the bartender community.”


3) You are one of the organizers of the Monin Cup Challenge in Cambodia, can you tell us why this competition is so unique?

“Not only me that organizes the competition, we are MONIN Cambodia, and we also organize it every year, MONIN CUP for Bartenders and MONIN Coffee Creativity Cup for Baristas, my position MONIN Cambodia Supervisor I handle the event. MONIN CUP looks the same as any bartender competition, the unique, Focus on innovation, Professional Development, Collaboration, and community. It offers Khmer candidates a platform to showcase their talents, learn from global industry experts, and connect with fellow mixologists from around the world.”


4) Do you have a favorite cocktail that you've made? Can you describe what's in it?

“A cocktail named “Neary Samai” my signature on my bar, was described by my customer's story, in 2009 she left the province to come to work in Phnom Penh as a staff in a night bar to support her poor family, in those time, people were less valued woman whose night work, but she keeps struggle for life, She learns from her job many and she keeps improve from year to year, now she owns Khmer restaurants in NEW YORK.” 

5) What are some of your key techniques or "secrets" to making a truly great cocktail?

1. Use fresh, good ingredients, healthful.

2. Balance the flavors

3. Don't overdo it with the alcohol “measurements in the recipe or adjust to suit your taste”

4. Shake or stir mix with care.

5. Garnish and Serve in the right glassware

6. Experiment and have fun.

 

6) How common or likely is it for people in Cambodia to drink cocktails?

“In Cambodia, cocktails are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in urban areas and tourist destinations. As the country's tourism industry grows, there has been a rise in cocktail bars, rooftop lounges, and mixology events catering to locals and expats looking for a more sophisticated drinking experience.”


7) What advice would you give to aspiring mixologists, especially those looking to highlight local ingredients in their cocktails?

  • Embrace Khmer culture and ingredients: Celebrate the vibrant flavors and aromas of Khmer cuisine by incorporating local ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, ginger, star anise, and Kampot pepper into your cocktails. Pay homage to traditional Khmer herbs, spices, and fruits to create unique and authentic flavors in your drinks.

  • Learn about traditional Khmer beverages: Explore the rich history and traditions of Khmer beverages like rice wine, palm wine, and herbal infusions to inspire your cocktail creations. Experiment with local spirits, liqueurs, and traditional flavorings to create modern twists on traditional Khmer drinks.

  • Source ingredients locally: Support Khmer farmers, markets, and producers by sourcing fresh, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients for your cocktails. By using fresh and high-quality Khmer ingredients, you not only ensure the authenticity and sustainability of your drinks but also contribute to the local economy and community.

  • Collaborate with local artisans and culinary experts: Collaborate with Khmer chefs, food experts, and artisans to exchange knowledge, ideas, and techniques for using local ingredients in cocktails. Drawing inspiration from Khmer culinary traditions can add depth and complexity to your cocktail creations.

  • Share Khmer stories and traditions: Educate your customers and peers about Khmer culture, history, and ingredients by sharing the stories and traditions behind your cocktail creations. Use your platform as a mixologist to promote appreciation and awareness of Khmer flavors and traditions.

  • Stay rooted in your Khmer identity: Stay true to your Khmer roots and cultural heritage in your mixology journey. Let your passion for Khmer ingredients and flavors shine through in your cocktails, and be a proud ambassador for Khmer mixology, showcasing the richness and diversity of Khmer flavors to the world.

 

MONIN is now organizing an exciting bartending competition that have Mr. OD as an organizer. The national contest is focused on the mixologists to make delicious low-alcohol cocktails using their creativity. The theme is "Low is More", which means the drinks should have less alcohol but still taste great.


We are honored to have Florian Bohême, the CEO of b.Consulting Cambodia, as one of the judges. His expertise will help make sure the competition is fair and the best bartenders win.


The semi-final and final will happen on June 14, 2024. This event is open to all, so please join us to see which candidate will win the championship of the year 2024!


📆 See you on June 14, 2024

📍 Location: Chip Mong Mega Mall 271

📍 Location: http://bit.ly/2KfTbM0 

For more information:

☎️ Contact: 077 777 970 / 069 666 999

📩 Telegram: http://t.me/csline2kofi 

 

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b.Consulting Cambodia is pleased to share on the latest initiative from the Siem Reap Tourism Club (STC), a registered non-profit association dedicated to promoting and elevating enterprises in various sectors, including tourism, manufacturing, technology, and agriculture.


After their first program in October 2023 trained 300 students with help from the Skills Development Fund (SDF), the Siem Reap Tourism Club (STC) is now starting their second training course for jobs in the hospitality industry. This new initiative aims to train an additional 200 students using the renowned Hoka's curriculum, with the program scheduled to commence in July 2024 and accomplish in February 2025. 


The comprehensive 8-month program will comprise four months of theoretical and in-class study, followed by a four-month internship, allowing participants to gain hands-on experience in real-world hospitality settings. The training will cover four key areas: 

1-   Front Office (50 students)

2-   Food and Beverage (50 students)

3-   Housekeeping (50 students)

4-   Cooking (50 students)


Prospective candidates between the ages of 18 and 25 are encouraged to apply, with priority given to those who can speak and communicate in English and have computer skills. Upon completion of the course, graduates will have the opportunity to secure employment with partner companies offering competitive salaries. 


This program is made possible through the support and co-financing of the Skills Development Fund (SDF) of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. It is part of the Cambodian government's plan to improve the tourism industry. The private sector partners, including Hoka and the Siem Reap Tourism Club (STC), as well as support from the Ministry of Tourism, are all working together to improve the quality of service in the tourism industry.


b.Consulting Cambodia commends the Siem Reap Tourism Club (STC) for their commitment to sustainable economic development through vocational training opportunities for students. These initiatives not only empower individuals but also contribute to the overall economic prosperity of the community. STC's plans to offer ongoing recognition of prior learning programs further demonstrate their dedication to supporting individuals throughout their careers.


Applications will be accepted from the date of this announcement until June 15, 2024. 

For more information or media inquiries, please contact Ms. Paul Phallyda 

📱010 655559 

👉Learn more about the program



 

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UNESCO in collaboration with distinguished partners including DASTA, ASEAN-Türkiye Cooperation, CRIHAP, K11, ONYX, The City Connext and b. Consulting Cambodia is embarking on an exciting new chapter, delving into the diverse and captivating journeys to ethnic communities in ASEAN.  In an upcoming webinar "Untold Journeys: Sharing Ethnic Stories from the Rivers and the Seas'', Cambodian participants are invited to join in and share inspiring stories of tourism initiatives led by indigenous peoples, including the Ifugao, Pgakenyaw Karen, sea nomads, and many others.  


UNESCO/City Connext

This webinar aims to explore the integration of indigenous wisdom, river ecosystems, and ethnic narratives in global tourism development. By highlighting the importance of these narratives, the webinar seeks to promote sustainable tourism practices that benefit local communities and enhance the overall tourism experience.  


Event Insights

The webinar will provide valuable insights through a keynote speech, panel discussion, and interactive Q&A session. Experts will discuss how indigenous wisdom, river ecosystems, and ethnic narratives can shape global tourism development. 

  • The keynote speech will be delivered by Igor Stefanovic, a UN Tourism Coordinator, who will explore the integration of indigenous wisdom and river ecosystems in tourism.

  • The panel discussion will include experts such as Dr. Rasmi Shoocongdej, Sopheap Chim, and Eulalie Dulnuan. They will share their expertise on incorporating ethnic and indigenous stories into sustainable tourism and heritage management.

  • Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers during a Q&A session, promoting a meaningful dialogue.


Event Details

Date: May 29, 2024

Time: 14:00-16:00 (Bangkok time, GMT+7)

Registration (Required):  https://bit.ly/STWWA5ZoomR


For further information about the preliminary agenda, please visit our Project Portal, or scan the QR code below: 

About the Project:

"Enhancing Sustainable Tourism in ASEAN Waterside Cities" is a pioneering initiative designed to leverage local communities' unique cultural and natural heritage, fostering sustainable development and regional cooperation.


We look forward to seeing you at all our 6 webinars and to collaborating on sustainable tourism development in our waterside communities.


For press inquiries or further details, please contact City Connext:

  • Anawit Jitmana (+66) 65 895 6323

  • Thatsanvanh Banjong (+66) 87 706 5030

  • Email address: cityconnext@gmail.com


 

Contact b.Consulting

(+855) 10 518 700

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