Joe has built up an extremely impressive CV in hospitality. In Sydney Joe has worked off and on since 1998 at venues such as Cafe Sydney, Quay Bar, Jackson’s on George, The Beach Road Hotel and Cherry Jam. In Glasgow (2001) Joe worked as a cocktail bartender at the prestigious Lowdown, with the kitchen headed by celebrity chef John Quigley (formerly personal chef for the likes of Paul McCartney and Tina Turner).
He lists a career highlight as getting Gordon Ramsay to apologise for being rude whilst working in this bar – unfortunately, someone had to explain to Joe later who Gordon Ramsay was!
Joe has previously worked for several events companies as a freelance manager and bartender. He has been in charge of the VIP tent at Tropfest in both 2011 and 2012, ran the VIP bar at Australian Fashion Week in 2011.
He frequently supervises bar and food service at numerous functions around the city for clients such as Harper’s Bazaar, BMW, Stell Artois and Cartier. in 2001 he was asked to plan the ‘French Wine Country’ stops listed by a bus tour company, and was responsible for finding a suitable chateau to visit, putting the beautiful little wine town of Beaune in the itinerary, and mapping out the best route for the company’s drivers to take to show off that fantastic part of France.
He lived in Russia for several years, and wrote some food and drink related articles for a Russian magazine.