Hemant Pathak is the Mixologist/Bar Manager of Junoon, an award-winning restaurant in New York redefining Indian gastronomy and elevating it to unprecedented heights. Earning both a Michelin star and a Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellence for five consecutive years since opening in 2010, it sets the gold standard of Progressive Indian cuisine by marrying the best of India’s culinary past with its worldly future. An acclaimed bartender and mixologist, Hemant is responsible for creating Junoon’s world-class cocktail, spirits, and beer programs, including all purchasing and inventory control, as well as staff training and education.
Hemant holds court at Junoon’s high-end cocktail lounge, which he views as his stage for creating unique and contemporary quaffs that integrate rare herbs and spices of his native India that can be found at no other bar. His culinary-driven cocktails celebrate seasonal ingredients and respect the classic mixology canon while incorporating the latest techniques and thinking. By engaging in hours of conversation with Junoon’s chefs, tasting their dishes, and listening to their ideas and inspirations, Hemant creates striking and innovative libations, what he calls “glasses of experience,” that best complement Junoon’s culinary offerings.
Previously, Hemant held mixologist and bar manager positions at The Flatiron Room, American Gymkhana, and Island Steak House as he sharpened his craft and deepened his knowledge. His introduction to crafting cocktails came while working as a Steward at the prestigious Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, India. There he found his real passion and set out to research the art, science, and history of mixology. Within a few months, he developed a new cocktail menu for the hotel’s restaurant, which quickly garnered acclaim, and by the end of that year, he had won his first cocktail competition, with more to follow.
Hemant’s multiple accolades include winning the 2012 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition in India and representing his country in the global competition that year. This followed winning top honors at the 2011 Diageo World Class Global Competition in the “Classic Cocktail with a Twist” category.
A Certified VITI 1 Sommelier from American Sommelier, Hemant also holds advanced certifications in Tequila and Bourbon. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management & Tourism from India’s National Institute of Hotel Management.
Hemant resides with his wife, Himani, in Jersey City, N.J. He enjoys swimming, photography, exploring the world via the Internet and immersing himself in hospitality magazines. Born in the foothills of the Himalayas, Hemant begins each day with meditation and prayer. His favorite at-home cocktail is the Negroni.
Awards and nominations
- HT Crystal Award
- Diageo World Class 2011 “Best Bartender In India”
- World Class Global “Classic and Vintage Drinks with a Twist.”
- Patron Margarita of the year, 2017 (top seven across the globe)
- Lavazza lovers (featured)
Press and Features
- GQ Magazine
- Elle Magazine
- Ambrosia Magazine, India
- The Hindu (India’s National Newspaper)
- Class Magazine
- Business Today Magazine
- Hindustan Times Newspaper, India
- Food & Beverage Review, India
- Playboy, New York
- Forbes, New York
- Thrillist, New York
- Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans
- India Abroad, New York
- The Daily Beast New York
- India Today, India
2014 – 2015: American Gymkhana, Orlando FL (Mixologist)
2013 – 2015: Flatiron Room, New York (Mixologist)
2013 – Current: Junoon, New York (Mixologist/Head of Bar Education)
2008 – 2012: Blue Bar, Taj Palace Hotel New Delhi, India(Mixologist)
2016 Certified VITI 1 sommelier from American Sommelier
2015 Certified Tequila “T” award from El Consejo Regulador Del tequila, A.C., Jalisco Mexico
2014 Certified BarSmarts ADVANCE spirits and mixology course from Pernod Ricard USA.
2014 Certified as a bourbon expert from Michael R. Veach, a Bourbon historian and a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame
2012 Certified BarSmarts WIRED spirits and mixology course from. Pernod Ricard USA.
2008 Certificate course in food & beverage service from American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), U.S.A.
2005-2008 B Sc in Hotel Management & Tourism from National Institute of Hotel Management, under Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India