WORLD CLASS COUNTRY WINNER 2019

JOSÉ HERNÁNDEZ, Puerto Rico

José  Hernandez started in the restaurant business as kitchen staff, while studying arts at university. He began to have an interest in the bar side of the industry so ventured into the Old San Juan bar scene, where he worked for more than a decade until entering contemporary cocktail culture by joining the Parcela Gastropub team in 2014. Here he took charge of the bar program and brought his skills to another level. Continuing to develop his talent, he studied at Bar Institute in New York in 2015 and attended Portland Cocktail Week as a student in 2018. Hernandez now works in the world-renowned bar La Factoría, sharing the love and passion that gave him the title of World Class Puerto Rico Bartender of the Year 2019.