Marika Bouchard – Black Sheep
Halifax – Judges’ Choice Winner
– Fun facts about MADE WITH LOVE National Finalists –
How long have you been a bartender and how did you get into bartending?
I have been bartending since I was 18 years old. I worked in restaurants and clubs in Montreal. I became more involved in the mixology scene after moving to Halifax.
I’ve always loved experimenting and trying new things. Bartending allows me to be creative and step outside of my comfort zone. I’m definitely into the no waste movement & locally sourced products.
I love working with anything I can get my hands on. The more out there and unusual, the better.
I can’t say I have just one. The bartending community in Halifax has definitely inspired me as a whole.
I don’t think I’ve ever had any. I have had a lot of people asking me to make things that they don’t even know the name or ingredients. I always find it fun to try to recreate.
I would have to describe my bartending style as pop music. Fun, new, and always entertaining.
If I could have anyone sitting at my bar, it would have to be Ellen Degeneres. She is a strong confident woman who has done so much and given so much back.
To be honest whatever I serve them would probably be the same thing. I garner the same amount of respect for everyone who has had any sort of impact on my life, good or bad. So the drink I would serve would definitely be a Negroni: sweet, bitter, and strong.
I will definitely have to give a shout to my bosses on this one. They have always been my backbone and support through all my competitions and encouraged me to compete in MADE WITH LOVE. I’m excited about the Finals and can’t wait to see what everyone else will bring to the table.