Nyck Kochhar

Vancouver, British Columbia

Lead mixologist at Hydra Estiatorio.

Contact

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About Nyck

Avid mixologist, marketer, and communications specialist with extensive experience in multiple fast-paced and disciplined environments. Through ten years of experience in the service industry, has developed an individual-excellence-cum-team-tailor...

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Job Preferences

Preferred Locations:
Burnaby, BC, New Westminster, BC, Vancouver, BC
Preferred Positions:
Assistant General Manager, Bartender, Bar Manager, Mixologist / Cocktailer, Social Media / Digital Marketing

Availability
M T W T F S S
Daytime Availability
Evening Availability

References

  • Sienna Samuel
    Co-worker at The Yellow Chilli for Less than 1 year
    Jul 21, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Communication
    • Hard Working
    • Personable / Friendly
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    Recommendation:

    Nyck is hard-working, friendly, and a great asset to a team. He follows direction well and multitasks successfully. He has no problem striking up c...

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    Nyck is hard-working, friendly, and a great asset to a team. He follows direction well and multitasks successfully. He has no problem striking up conversation and creates a welcoming environment for customers and coworkers alike. His interpersonal skills are top notch and he’s always up to learn something new.

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  • Gagan Kahlon
    Co-worker at The Yellow Chilli for Less than 1 year
    Jul 20, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Communication
    • Creative
    • Positive Attitude
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    Recommendation:

    Nyck is very determined towards his work. His vast knowledge about bartending and drinks, and creativeness in making excellent cocktails woos custo...

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    Nyck is very determined towards his work. His vast knowledge about bartending and drinks, and creativeness in making excellent cocktails woos customers every time. He excels in communication and customer service, and is a reliable co worker.

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  • Gursimran Kaur
    Co-worker at The Yellow Chilli for Less than 1 year
    Jul 20, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Communication
    • Professional
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    • Fine Dining
    • Guest Experience
    Recommendation:

    Nyck is a very optimistic and motivated person. He has great sense of humour and he does his job very well. His customer service is a 10/10!


  • Abhishant Rai
    Manager at The Yellow Chilli for Less than 1 year
    Jul 20, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Driven / Self-Motivated
    • Professional
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    Recommendation:

    One of the best bar person i have ever met he has its own portfolionof like 42 pages that too self learnt ! Amazing guy with amazing skills very ve...

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    One of the best bar person i have ever met he has its own portfolionof like 42 pages that too self learnt ! Amazing guy with amazing skills very very very professional!

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  • Christopher Jerome
    Customer at Golden Parrots Pub
    Jan 12, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Hard Working
    • Organized
    • Personable / Friendly
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Quick Service
    Recommendation:

    I would highlly recommend Nyck because of his drive to be the best at his craft. Nyck is also a friendly employee striking convo with everyone, mak...

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    I would highlly recommend Nyck because of his drive to be the best at his craft. Nyck is also a friendly employee striking convo with everyone, making them feel like they are more than welcome at the golden parrot. Nyck talent with mixolgy has got me curious about drinks i have never tried before, cocktails. It was hard to only check off 3 boxes in those last 2 categories. I would absolutely refer Nyck to anyone.

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  • Natalie Forster
    Co-worker at Golden Parrots Pub for Less than 1 year
    Jan 07, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Creative
    • Professional
    • Quick Learner / Eager to Learn
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Flair Bartending
    Recommendation:

    I would highly recommend Nyck for a number of reasons. He is always reliable, professional, and great with every person he comes across. His creati...

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    I would highly recommend Nyck for a number of reasons. He is always reliable, professional, and great with every person he comes across. His creativity is beyond anything I've witnessed. He is constantly creating new projects at work and executes them flawlessly. At work, his title is bartender but he's so much more that. He has created a full menu and creates new cocktails for any season or event. His knowledge in mixology is advanced and has the flair to match. His work ethic is something many look up to. His attitude never strays from superb, and gets along with everyone he meets. Any establishment would be lucky to have him join a team as he is an asset.

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  • Tasha Bradley
    Manager at Golden Parrots Pub for Less than 1 year
    Jan 05, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Creative
    • Hard Working
    • Sense of Humour
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    Recommendation:

    Nyck is a great asset to our team, he has an excellent work ethic, attention to detail and is very reliable. He has hand-crafted our amazing cockta...

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    Nyck is a great asset to our team, he has an excellent work ethic, attention to detail and is very reliable. He has hand-crafted our amazing cocktail menu with creative and delicious drinks that always have our guests coming back for more! His creative mind, sense of humour and customer service skills are a pleasure to have behind the bar, he stays calm under pressure and is a great team player!

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  • Shayne May
    Manager at Golden Parrots Pub for Less than 1 year
    Jan 04, 2021
    Endorsements:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Positive Attitude
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    Recommendation:

    I would recommend Nyck to any operation, his attention to detail behind the bar is great. His cocktail development, as well as good customer servic...

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    I would recommend Nyck to any operation, his attention to detail behind the bar is great. His cocktail development, as well as good customer service. Nyck would be a asset to any company.

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  • Paul Vincent
    Customer at Golden Parrots Pub
    Dec 29, 2020
    Endorsements:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Customer Service
    • Personable / Friendly
    • Bar Menu Development
    • Bar & Nightclub Operations
    • Bartending & Mixology
    Recommendation:

    Nyck is the head bartender at our local family friendly owned pub. Nyck’s attention to detail is incredible. One of the many things is his personal...

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    Nyck is the head bartender at our local family friendly owned pub. Nyck’s attention to detail is incredible. One of the many things is his personality. He always spreads his time balancing the guests and the staffs time.
    He has brought a new level of complexity and class to the pub. His mixology skills are well balanced and it’s always something to look forward to see what he creates. There is always a new cocktail that is being introduced , which changed to the many themes and holidays. This combined with his extra effort to promised not only the products, but the pub as well on social media platforms. He always is a pleasant to be around and is reliable for his attendance. Making him an invaluable asset to the company. Any company that he works for, I know he will give 100% to it. If you need any more information, I would be happy to assist.

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  • Rajvir Boparai
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Sep 03, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Personable / Friendly
    • Teamwork
    • Multitasking / Time Management
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Guest Experience
    • Sales & Upselling
    Recommendation:

    Nyck is amazing at teamwork. Always going out of his way to help others out including the bar, support staff, servers etc. Comes in with his charmi...

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    Nyck is amazing at teamwork. Always going out of his way to help others out including the bar, support staff, servers etc. Comes in with his charming personality to elevate the guest experience. Quite knowledgeable in cocktail and bar knowledge. Loves to mix and match and create new drinks or test them out - they end up being delicious!!!

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  • Michelle Kanis
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Aug 20, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Customer Service
    • Problem Solving
    • Quick Learner / Eager to Learn
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Beer Knowledge
    • Guest Experience
    Recommendation:

    Nixit is a talented, hard-working young, but eager to learn, individual. In the amount of time I had the pleasure to work with him, he showed great...

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    Nixit is a talented, hard-working young, but eager to learn, individual. In the amount of time I had the pleasure to work with him, he showed great aptitude to learn new bartending techniques and product knowledge. Behind the bar he took initiative when there was creative room to make personalized cocktails for guests that were accompanied with friendly and memorable service. With many repeat customers always requesting Nixit, he truly left many with great experiences always wanting to return.

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  • Amber Leese
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Aug 15, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Personable / Friendly
    • Driven / Self-Motivated
    • Multitasking / Time Management
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    • Guest Experience
    Recommendation:

    I would recommend Nixit because he has very extensive bar and cocktail knowledge. He is excellent at "romancing" drinks and food on the menu. He is...

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    I would recommend Nixit because he has very extensive bar and cocktail knowledge. He is excellent at "romancing" drinks and food on the menu. He is attentive to his guests and makes the dining experience feel special. Any employer would be lucky to have him on their team.

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  • Harman Deol
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Aug 14, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Driven / Self-Motivated
    • Professional
    • Quick Learner / Eager to Learn
    • Barista Skill
    • Food Knowledge
    • Quick Service
    Recommendation:

    I've been working with Nixit for about 7 months now and immediately upon meeting him I was astounded by his professionalism. Nixit has a fierce att...

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    I've been working with Nixit for about 7 months now and immediately upon meeting him I was astounded by his professionalism. Nixit has a fierce attention to detail, and always brings his A game when he comes to work. He's quick, reliable, eager to learn, and always has been a pleasure to work with.

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  • Kimberly Fratz
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Aug 14, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Creative
    • Professional
    • Quick Learner / Eager to Learn
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    • Guest Experience
    Recommendation:

    I would highly recommend Nixit as an employee as he is an outgoing, creative worker who is very eager to learn and stay up to date on happenings re...

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    I would highly recommend Nixit as an employee as he is an outgoing, creative worker who is very eager to learn and stay up to date on happenings related to his position.

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  • Emily Esmaili
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Aug 06, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Customer Service
    • Hard Working
    • Multitasking / Time Management
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    • Guest Experience
    Recommendation:

    Nixit is very knowledgeable and the one I would ask any question regarding the menu, customer service, or restaurant policy, knowing he always has ...

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    Nixit is very knowledgeable and the one I would ask any question regarding the menu, customer service, or restaurant policy, knowing he always has the right answer. He is the most hard working and self driven out of the team. His passion for mixology shows as he provides the best customer service to his smiling guests at the bar while working in a very timely manner.

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  • Bryan Jacob
    Manager at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Aug 06, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Personable / Friendly
    • Quick Learner / Eager to Learn
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    • Fine Dining
    Recommendation:

    I would recommend Nixit for his eager approach to learning and adapting to the changing needs of a hospitality operation. Having helped to open ou...

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    I would recommend Nixit for his eager approach to learning and adapting to the changing needs of a hospitality operation. Having helped to open our most recent restaurant in Yaletown he understands what is needed for training/menu knowledge and delivering exceptional customer service.

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  • Jasmine Grover
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Jul 30, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Organized
    • Driven / Self-Motivated
    • Professional
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Sales & Upselling
    • Wine Knowledge
    Recommendation:

    Nixit is dedicated and puts out quality work at all times. He is also incredibly efficient and a great source of support.
    He is a loyal, considera...

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    Nixit is dedicated and puts out quality work at all times. He is also incredibly efficient and a great source of support.
    He is a loyal, considerate and supportive individual who has the ability to see and understand things from another person’s perspective. He’s also a good communicator and a team player.
    I would gladly work with him on any project.

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  • Animesh Mehta
    Co-worker at Tasty Indian Bistro for Less than 1 year
    Jul 30, 2019
    Endorsements:
    • Customer Service
    • Driven / Self-Motivated
    • Reliable
    • Bartending & Mixology
    • Cocktail Knowledge
    • Guest Experience
    Recommendation:

    I would highly recommend Nixit because he is hardworking and although he has been with the company for so long he is still humble and always willin...

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    I would highly recommend Nixit because he is hardworking and although he has been with the company for so long he is still humble and always willing to help in any way. His bar knowledge is also exceptional. Lastly, he keeps a great working environment.

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Work Experience

  • Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Restaurant
    Vancouver
    Lead Mixologist
    2021-07-01 - Present

    • Concocting a full spectrum of—thematic, contemporary classic, and avant-garde—cocktails and—signature and seasonal—menus for Vancouver’s leading Greek Estiatorio. • Diversifying the business model to capitalize on the opportunities of the new economy by spearheading a bottled-cocktail program for patrons to enjoy their favourite cocktails in the convenience of their homes. • Ensuring efficient and aesthetic preparation of menu cocktails by utilizing apt mixing techniques, ingredients, garnishes, and adequately crafted mixes.

  • The Yellow Chilli
    Delta
    Lead Mixologist
    2021-05-24 - 2021-08-01

    • Helped develop the bar program and floor operation for the veritable endeavour of a world-renowned Indian chef, Sanjeev Kapoor. • Worked with bar managers to establish the inventory and implement and exhibit cocktail-menu tweaks. • Instituted avant-garde, daily, and seasonal features to reflect the ever-so-dynamic zeitgeist around modern Indian cuisine. • Introduced and illustrated procedures and steps of service for the front-of-house operations. • Helped bartenders maneuver around the bar and cultivate skill with the classic and contemporary bar equipment and cocktail techniques. • Facilitated smooth functioning with swift service and apt problem resolution at the takeout outlet and effective communication on the phone.

  • Golden Parrots Pub
    Coquitlam
    Communications Manager & Lead Mixologist
    2020-05-18 - 2021-02-18

    • Helped rebrand the establishment—designed the primary logo and formatted an outline for all social-media engagements. Managed communications, mixology and, marketing— administered the associated Google Business, Facebook, Instagram, and website. • Endeavoured to reconstruct the ambiance and remodel the pre-existing bar to a gastropub with around 100 craft concoctions—signature, feature, and seasonal cocktails. • Instituted and guided a system to distribute and perform opening and closing responsibilities to promote and maintain a hygienic and efficient bar. • Underlined and modeled steps of service for the front-of-house staff that reflect the house-style & homogenize the expected standard of service. • Shaped and supplemented inventory for the bar to encompass existing flavor profiles. • Employed organizational skills by managing multiple, active tabs on and off the bar top and leading with an initiative by providing and asking for help wherever necessary. • Helped design a dynamic cocktail menu by incorporating contemporary and classic concoctions and modus operandi to create a craft-cocktail experience and elevate the ambiance to revamp and reestablish the brand of the go-to local bar. • Performed key-holder operations and digital-report tallying duties for a smooth closing.

  • Tasty Indian Bistro
    Delta & Yaletown
    Bartender and Server
    2015-10-01 - 2020-01-24

    • Greeted and gauged the style of service guests looked for to provide them with an authentic, individual-tailored, and comfortable dining experience. • Answered food and drink-related questions for menu-oriented satisfaction, along with sharing on and off-menu drinks to pair with food and captivate guests’ interest. • Effectively inputted drinks, appetizers and, entrées into the POS system to ensure timely conveyance of orders to the kitchen, and diligently took care of modifiers and allergies. • Helped configure policies, the cocktail menu for the Yaletown location, and recipes for cocktails and ingredients to adapt to diverse palates and optimize food pairing. • Having worked in virtually all departments, furthered food and drink knowledge from reception to expo to increase sales by menu acquaintance and suggestive selling. • Observed directional duties—trained and worked with all staff to frame fluid operation and bolster a productive workplace that works for both guests and staff.

  • Gin & Tonic
    Lower Mainland
    Event Consultant and Mixologist
    2019-09-01 - 2019-10-21

    • Fashioned novelty and refined existing drinks for culturally diverse venues to adhere to sophisticated themes and ambiance to provide the guests with a premium, farm-to-bar cocktail experience with locally sourced botanicals for syrups, mixes, and garnishes. • Worked with staff and managers efficiently to oversee selected inventory to cultivate and put speed-bartending to test for per-request and menu cocktails, all to facilitate the ever-so-evasive pastiche of quality and quantity in such settings.

  • The Canadian Brewhouse & Grill
    Richmond
    Bartender
    2017-05-01 - 2017-10-31

    • Aided in opening the Richmond location. Displayed quick-study skills for total bar maintenance and contributed to taking a potential sports bar mainstream successfully. • Established regulars through attentive and exuberant attitude and utilized detailed dossier-info to cater to customer-oriented food and drink pairings. • Engaged in skillful multitasking, prioritization, and speed-bartending by tending to a sizeable, dual-sided bar, taking reservations and takeout orders, and floor drink orders.

  • BC Vision
    Delta
    Marketing Coordinator
    2013-01-01 - 2013-12-18

    • Consulted on pieces that helped gain recognition for the party to campaign for seats in the Legislative Assembly of BC. • Marketed the campaign via digital and paper media. o Critiqued and designed ad material using online and desktop publishing tools. o Delivered hard-copy materials to potential supporters to garner loyalty. • Fielded queries and handled support calls from sponsors.

  • Omax Realty Ltd.
    Delta
    Customer Service Representative
    2011-09-15 - 2013-09-23

    • Adopted productivity methods and adaptability to understand the technical aspect of applications and websites to cut the training to a quarter of the expected time. • Organized the clientele through the cloud, Windows, and OSX applications for customer-client reachability and business productivity. • Streamlined communication and generated awareness about services through follow-up calls and technical help on the service desk.

Education

  • Fine Art Bartending School
    Professional Bartending Course

    2016

  • Metropolitan Bartending School
    Compressed Bartending Course

    2016

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
    Computer Systems Technology

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    Computer Information Systems

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