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Mixologist Mike Ryan, Chicago, Illinois

Photo via Chicago Reader.

As head bartender at Sable Kitchen & Bar, Mike Ryan brings his signature culinary flair to the crafted cocktail. A Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago graduate, former Moto sous chef, and self-described “shot and a beer guy,” Ryan became accidentally enamored with bartending while working as a cook at Fulton Market restaurant Moto between 2005 and 2008. [Owner Homaro Cantu] “wanted a cook behind the bar,” remembers Ryan. “I was literally looking up things like highballs in a book.” Soon, Ryan became interested in the possibilities presented by unusual spirits, classic mixes and new flavor profiles.

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