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    Passionate about the bar industry, Luca Cordiglieri has expertise gained from over 20 years working in Italy, Switzerland and London.

    Luca began his career at an early age in his father’s cocktail bar in his native Italy and at the age of 24 he came to London to learn English,16 years later he is still here!!

    He spent his first year in London at the Hyde Park Hotel in Knightsbridge and in 1993 he moved to Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Bar. After a stint at the Beau Rivage in Switzerland came back to London in 1998 for another spell at Harvey Nichols.

    In 2001 he moved to Hush in Mayfair and in 2002 he did the opening of the very successful Elysium and Ku De Ta club and cocktail bar. Ku De Ta was listed in Britain’s 50 greatest cocktail bars in the Sauceguide vol.4. and the Ku De Ta bar team, who Luca recruited, trained & managed, were finalists in the ‘Best Bar Team 2004’ Class Magazine award.

    In 2005 Luca moved to manage the Homage Cocktail and Champagne Bar at the Waldorf Hotel achieving 4 stars for service and quality of drinks from Class Magazine.

    In May 2007 he set up Straight Up Solutions offering consultancy services to the hospitality industry.

    For the last 3 years Luca has been the Chairman of the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild for the London & South East area organizing many events for bartenders, from cocktail competitions to masterclasses and social gatherings.

    Luca is also brand ambassador for Peroni Nastro Azzurro and he’s currently working at China Tang at The Dorchester.