Ryan Cheti
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With a family background in food, culinary endeavours were always going to play a large part in Ryan's life.

After an initial stint in the kitchen, and many a year in academia (Fine Art, Biology and finally a Master in Philosophy), Ryan found his true output manifesting behind the bar- blending his unique influences of the arts and the sciences.

Once settled in the craft of the cocktail, it was very much a focus on the highest echelons- helping take bars such as Bramble, 69 Colebrooke Row, Purl and The Worship Street Whistling Shop onto
global fame.

Personally, he also has been crowned Bartender of the Year for the UK twice, held several national championship titles, and competed internationally. He was also named 'Hot Stuff' at the 2012 Imbibe Awards naming him as a pioneer and innovator, and the one under 30 to watch.

Being known for pushing the cutting edge of the food and drinks world, Ryan has given seminars and training throughout the UK, in The US, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Germany, Russia and Sri Lanka.

However, his main interest is engaging with the budding cocktail consumer and home enthusiast.

He has been a contributing writer to Class Magazine, Imbibe, Drinks International and more, and has had several features in national press. You can also engage with his cocktail suggestions for the home through his work for The Whisky Yearbook, The Whisky Show 2011 & 2012 and Unfiltered Magazine.

As Mr Lyan, he consults for brands such as Hennessy, Diageo, Bacardi, Martin Miller’s Gin, Green & Black’s and Cawston Press.

Entries by Ryan Cheti

Grow Your Own Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 5:53 AM

I've been fascinated by plants from a young age; from running home from school to check on propagating seeds to studying the process of photosynthesis at university - it's always brought a certain sense of wonder to fixate on the flora that surrounds us, and to study our relationship with...

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Next Steps in the Scandinavian (Food) Fetish

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 8:14 AM

There appears to be a minor fetish surrounding all things Scandinavian of late. The rise of Nordic cuisine has changed the way we in Britain - and around the world - approach and regard our food and ingredients. The likes of Noma and Faviken...

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Bang for Your Buck

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 7:18 AM

A sense of value is a funny thing. Good value definitely doesn't always mean cheap. This'll be plainly obvious to all of us having bought a cheaper alternative to only find it break on first use. It however, also certainly doesn't mean the most expensive - there are plenty of...

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Preservation - Storing Ingredients and Store Cupboard Ingredients for Your Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 2:43 AM

For many reasons it makes sense to stick to what is in season in terms of your food and drink. Firstly, it is much more environmentally sound; trying to grow crops out of season expends a huge amount of energy, and goes against the balance of ecosystems. For the more...

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Five Gins to Own - With Recipes to Match

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 7:45 PM

If you're like me, and your friends and family know your love of all things food and drink, you'll end up with a few extra bottles of booze for Christmas. Hopefully these will be high quality and interesting, rather than novelty or last minute from the local corner store, but...

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Cocktails to Fit Your Mood and Scenario

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 5:04 PM

I was asked by a journalist recently whether I saw the benefit to a cocktail, over say, a glass of wine. Of course, I am quick to defend my craft, but I think in particular, I view cocktails differently to many people.

To some, a cocktail is something that comes...

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Store Board Essentials and Kitchen Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 3:58 AM

Having worked briefly as a chef and loving spending time in the kitchen at home, I often draw parallels between the bar and the kitchen - but also between making a dish and making a cocktail. Obviously you're working with flavours and need to make sure it's edible, but there...

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Five Spirit Suggestions From the Big and Small

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Variety is an amazing thing. As markets mature, we get more competitors vying for our hard earned, and the quality of the options that are available rises as a result.

This has led to the constant evolution of our offerings and choices in every industry, and food and drink...

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Drinking Can Be Good for You!

(8) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Booze is bad for you, right? Well, I'm quick to defend our humble drinks but I'm also certainly wary to describe them as good for you. The problem is, having dedicated myself to a life revolving around food and drink, I'm also quick to challenge the position posited by the...

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Eating Insects and Recycling Cocktails - The Future!

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Many people get sentimental for the past. Don't get me wrong, I too have a reverence for some of the finer points of history; Particularly in my main interests of music, art and drink, there have been several 'golden' periods that are very worthy of admiration. But I don't think...

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Booze - The Best of British

(6) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I've covered before how I love using food and drink as a guide when I'm travelling. Often though, the ingredients themselves can be a source of revelation and fascination.

I was fortunate to be in Cuba representing the UK as part of a global bartending competition. The...

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Spring Is Here - Rejoice With Tequila!

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 7:00 PM

They say mud tends to stick, and tequila has had a hell of a lot of dirt thrown at it over the years. But I've been amazed, and very glad, to see how it continues to boom and shake off its tarnished reputation. There still seems to be a few...

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Five Pointers to Get More From Your Bar

(5) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Ordering in a bar is easy; you chat to your bartender or server, and exchange some money for your goods and services. So why am I writing about it? Well, for one, have any of you felt particularly underwhelmed by a bar experience a friend has raved about? Friends are...

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Five Ways to Liven Up Everyday Drinking

(4) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 6:00 PM

I'm quite inclined to make myself a cocktail at the end of a long day, and I'll certainly put together a few if I have friends coming over, but sometimes you just need something simple and easy. It's the same with dinner; I love putting together a favourite meal, but...

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Beer and Wine, Mixing Them's Fine

(8) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 6:00 PM

I see nothing wrong with mixing your drinks. To be honest, the headache you're dealing with isn't because you've had wine then beer then whisky, it's because you've had wine and beer and whisky (with a couple of cheeky tequilas thrown in for good measure). It's excess, not the booze's...

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Have Some Fun - It's a Cocktail!

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 6:00 PM

There's no point if you're not enjoying it. I believe this is a good mantra applied to many things. With cocktails this can mean the act of consuming, or the participating in its creation. When I visit a bar, it is obvious to me when the bartender or the waitress...

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The Much Maligned Home Bar

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 6:00 PM

My house is filled with booze. This could sound like a damning statement, but it's all very controlled. Some of it is from competitions (essentially trophies or mementos), others are beautiful editions that I have collected over the years. The remaining bottles fulfill a drinking role.

I actually don't...

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Sexism and Alcohol - Can We Say No Now, Please?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Guys like whisky, right? And girls like champagne? But of course, and similarly, a female drinker wants a fruity, red drink whilst the male imbiber needs something strong on the rocks. With a side of lager.

Unfortunately, ridiculous and outdated notions persist in the drinks world. Of course, there...

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An Alternative Christmas (Drinking) Menu

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 6:00 PM

If you're anything like me, the Christmas eating and drinking gets as much (if not more) attention as the present buying. We broke from the tradition of turkey and the like many years ago, so each year there is a surprise in what will be served - all...

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Warnings That You Should Stick to the Wine: 10 Cocktail Red Flags

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Value is a funny thing. It all depends on perspective (but then, what doesn't?). Food and drink have always played a big part in my life so I was never really willing to compromise on them. Even when I was a student I'd prefer to buy cheaper constituent ingredients than...

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