Mikey Ball is East Imperial’s in-house mixologist and oversees all of our New Product Development.
Mikey is a hospitality professional with more than a decade of international experience, including serving as Head Bartender at the multi award-winning Dandelyan in London. Under Mikey’s watch, Dandelyan won multiple local and international awards, including “Best International Hotel Bar”, “Best International Bar Team” and “Worlds Best Bar” at the 2018 Tales and Spirits awards in New Orleans and the 2018 The World’s 50 Best Bars awards.
Originally from New Zealand, Mikey has returned to NZ with a focus on developing the local hospitality community through training, consultancy and several special projects. He champions the importance of mise en place and back of house systems to ensure consistency and control over the product. His unique focus on using local ingredients with unconventional methods has already been welcomed through recent activations, menu consultations and most recently his Ballin’ Drinks bottled cocktails and solutions range.
He trains bartenders and hospitality operators to balance the intricacies of service and science in delivering exceptional experiences.