Miami native Josue Gonzalez was still a culinary student at Johnson & Wales University when he realized that if he wanted to land a position in the kitchen, he’d have to gain experience anywhere he could. He soon found himself working as a barback at Miami’s Zuma, which opened his eyes to the world of cocktails. Life behind the bar allowed Josue to pursue his passions for culinary and hospitality at the same time, and before long he was working high end catering gigs and tending bar at a Who’s Who of Miami hot spots.
He found a friend and mentor in renowned Miami bartender Rob Ferrara, and their talents blended like gin and vermouth – helping both achieve great success at Swine Southern Table & Bar, Lure Fishbar and The Rum Line.
Josue’s passion for his craft has actually helped him become a mover & shaker in the industry. He was a Miami Zagat 30 under 30 Honoree. He’s also won a few mixology competitions along the way.
Recently, He was part of the opening team at Miami Beach’s Sweet Liberty Bar & Supply. After its first year Sweet Liberty was awarded Best New Cocktail Bar in America at the Spirited Awards, held every year during Tales of the cocktail in New Orleans.
After that he was representing Hendricks Gin as the South Florida Brand Ambassador. Spreading gin knowledge and guest bartending in some of Miami’s top bars.
Currently Josue is working with Bar-Lab, He works events and helps out with their consulting projects. If you want to catch him behind the stick, most nights he’ll be bartending at one of the Bar-Lab venues called 27 Restaurant & Bar located next to the The Broken Shaker.