Tristan Stephenson is an award-winning bar operator, bartender, barista, chef, some-time journalist, and bestselling author of the Curious Bartender series of drinks books. He is the co-founder of London-based Fluid Movement, a globally renowned drinks consultancy firm, and half the brains behind the drinks programs at some of the world’s top drinking and eating destinations. In 2009 he was ranked 3rd in the UK Barista Championships. He was awarded UK bartender of the year in 2012 and in the same year was included in London Evening Standard’s top 1000 most influential Londoners.
Having started his career in the kitchens of various Cornish restaurants, Tristan was eventually given the task of designing cocktails and running bar operations for Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant (in Cornwall) back in 2007. He did that and then went on to work for the world’s biggest premium drinks company, Diageo, for two years. After co-founding Fluid Movement in 2009, Tristan opened two bars in London – Purl, his first, in 2010, and then the Worship Street Whistling Shop in 2011. Worship Street Whistling Shop was awarded Time Out London’s best new bar in 2011 and has been placed in the ‘World’s Fifty Best Bars’ for three consecutive years. Time Out London’s top 25 bars roundup in 2012 included all three Fluid Movement venues, including Dach & Sons, a New York inspired hot-dog, beer and bourbon restaurant that opened in 2012. In 2014 Fluid Movement opened their next venue, this time outside of London. Surfside, a steak and lobster restaurant on Polzeath beach in North Cornwall, was awarded the No. 1 Position in the Sunday Times ‘Best alfresco dining spots in the UK 2015’. Tristan served as head chef there for the first year and continues to manage the food and beverages menu.
Tristan’s first book, The Curious Bartender: The Artistry & Alchemy of Creating the Perfect Cocktail was published in October 2013 and shortlisted for the prestigious André Simon Award. His second book, The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies hit the bookshelves in October 2014. In Spring 2015 he published The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee (having previously successfully harvested, processed, roasted and brewed the first cup of UK grown coffee from the Eden Project in Cornwall, achieving international press coverage). This, The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace is his fourth book. During the course of his book research, Tristan has travelled to over 150 distilleries around the world, in over 20 countries, including Holland, Scotland, Mexico, Cuba, France, Lebanon, Italy, Guatemala, Japan, America and Spain.
Tristan is husband to Laura and father to Dexter. In his very limited spare time he rides a Triumph motorcycle, takes photos, designs websites, bakes stuff, cooks a lot, attempts various DIY tasks beyond his level of ability, and collects whisky and books.