Head of Bar Training and Development
From developing new cocktails to organising exciting field trips and keeping their ever expanding band of passionate bar professionals motivated – Rick Warrier has to have one of the most exciting roles in hospitality!
The Master Motivator
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A master mixologist and seasoned hospitality professional, Rick joined the company over ten years ago and rapidly progressed through the ranks from Barback to Head Bar Tender before taking on the role of Head Bar Trainer two years ago.
In his current role, Rick is now part of the six strong in-house training team which was set up to devise and deliver a programme of ongoing training and enrichment opportunities for team members from across the business.
Rick and his colleagues have now set up over forty individually designed training programmes linked to the Hickory’s ethos of providing authentic Southern Style hospitality for the whole family. With courses including Hot Sauces and Condiments Training to Milkshake Masterclasses and everything in between, their extensive list of professional development opportunism spans every aspect of the business.
Known to most of the team as the ‘Master Motivator’ Rick’s passion for the industry is infectious. His legendary ‘road trips’ have seen him take team members to some of the most unusual ‘off the beaten track’ independent beer, liquor and wine suppliers both here in the UK and of course in the heartland of the Deep South of America.
A supreme innovator you will often find him brewing up his latest concoction or experimenting with unusual new ingredients and taste profiles but his main passion still lies in exceeding the guests expectations at every level via a combination of his unending enthusiasm and unparalleled knowledge for all things drinkable.