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MATTHEW ALLEN, Beverage Specialist
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Matthew Allen | Beverage Specialist | Westin Kierland Resort | Scottsdale, Arizona Matthew Allen did not get into hospitality by accident. He decided early on that he wanted to be a part of the hospitality industry when he and his parents would go to a restaurant for special occasions. Allen got imprinted by fawning servants—er, servers—who would call him Sir, and make his every wish their command. Allen decided this world was way too cool not to become a part of it. “I’ve been in restaurants for about twenty-four years,” Allen said. “That’s all I’ve ever done. I was a manager for 14 years.” As a manager, Allen got a chance to learn everyone’s job for those all-hands-on-deck times. Bartending became a favorite. “I always appreciated what bartenders did,” Allen said. “I played around back behind the bar a lot. Whenever I had the opportunity. Just being back there and learning from the other bartenders.” After a GM stint with Rock Bottom Brewery, he landed at the Westin Kierland in 2012. “When I got here,” Allen recalled, “I realized there was this great movement in the cocktail culture over the last decade, really. I felt like we had the opportunity to join in the fun. And then I created this position for myself about two years ago doing mixology and focusing on the creation of cocktail menus.” The consummate host sees cocktails as the original culinary arts. The creation of the cocktail movement in the 1880s became the driver that brought elegance to the average person’s world.