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Shaker BarSchools®


The Shaker team has a combined experience of over 50 years, with some of the industries leading trainers; they live breathe and sleep the bar industry! Meet the team...

Anil Sabharwal

Anil was pivotal in setting up Shaker UK in 2001 and has trained more than 800 bartenders since. As a competition bartender he has been a finalist many times including, Winning TGI Fridays Birmingham Flair, Roadhouse World Flair Finalist, Northern Flair League Champion (2004) and National Bartenders Challenge (2000). His flair in training has taken him worldwide. He currently holds the title of King of Africa and was ranked number 7 in the world at the International SKYE Vodka Flair Championship. Not a bartender to shy away from mixology earning second in the Santa Fe Bartenders Challenge in 2005 and finished 2nd in the SA Nationals Qualifiers.

Mikhael Bou Rjeily

Mikhael is our Barista trainer and a highly regarded Coffee Barista himself.

- 1st runner up at the Western Cape Barista Championship in 2010 and 2011
- Winner of best Cappuccino award in South Africa (2010) and best Cappuccino and Espresso awards in Western Cape (2010)

Mikhael teaches all our coffee courses and training and is available to go on site visits for coffee consultancy.

Nick Cursi

Nick decided to set up Shaker SA after meeting Adam Freeth (UK director) on an export workshop in Birmingham. He already founded a successful corporate experiential training company in the UK called 'Purple Monster' which he set up with Alan Heap and Carol Tallis. Nick was an actor for over 8 years before that. He performed mainly in the theatre but also on television, in commercials and series such as 'The Bill'.

Nick is responsible for the strategy and development of Shaker SA and the design and logistics around major training projects. He also designs and implements management training programs for SHAKER. One very busy man.

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter has been in the industry for over 14 years bringing a wealth of on and off trade experience to our team. As a professional and competitive Cocktail Flair tender he has won numerous competitions including the SA Rookie Championships and Cape Town Industry Flair Champs. He is one of the top flairtenders in South Africa and rates with some of the top mixologists in the world.

Pieter is the co founder of the Cape Flair Society, a charity that helps develop Flair in South Africa and Organizes the local industry Bartending Competitions.

Always eager to go the extra mile Pieter is the perfect Event Manager with no challenge to big for him.

Vlad Klaic

Vlad has been in this industry for 17yrs now, managing and consulting at some of the top bars and bar services that Cape Town has to offer. He has managed bars at some of the most exclusive events in Cape Town, allowing him to rub shoulders with various Presidents and celebrities from Nicholas Cage’s 'Private and Casting' parties to spending an entire day with the legendary Patrick Swayze among many others. Aside from serving all kinds of celebrities both local and international, Vlad is the senior trainer in Cape Town for Shaker BarSchool SA and in recent years, has seen him train well over 1000 students, from the inexperienced person to the most professional of Mixologists.