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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.

Gareth Wainwright

Gareth began his career in 1997, albeit as a temporary plan for pocket money. From 2000 he began to work more frequently in nightclubs, pubs and local bars. It was not until 2005 where he discovered his love for the industry and decided to move his efforts into making the job of barman into a profession. He has worked in every single arena of the liquor industry from mobile bars and events, to corporate to opening his own bars such as The Landmark Cocktail Bar and The Little Fox, both in Johannesburg as well as making his own spirits and running an e-commerce liquor store.

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.