When you tend bar at a restaurant where the kitchen is helmed by Top Chef winner Hung Huynh, it can be difficult to stand out, but Catch Miami mixologist Ryan Pafford uses his experience as a health professional to create mind-blowing cocktails sure to attract attention.
|Medical mixologist Ryan Pafford.|
Pafford has a graduate degree in neuroscience, so it makes sense that three of his signature cocktails are the cerebra ($16), the synapse ($15), and the diffusion ($15). Though he's a clinical research coordinator during the day, he's no stranger to the biz. His brother is a renowned chef in Hawaii, and Pafford worked as a line cook and sous-chef before becoming a bartender just last year.
You might be wondering why someone with a master's degree in neuroscience would choose to tend bar. "While I had always been intrigued by mixology, I spent ten years cooking different cuisines in restaurants from Indiana to Lake Tahoe and even Maui," Pafford explains. "After completing graduate school in New England and moving to Miami, I was seeking an exciting new way to repay my large student loans. A bartending position seemed like a natural transition that would allow me to challenge myself while making ends meet."
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