Born and raised in Bulgaria, Ivo’s love affair with bartending started in 2004 with a six-month bartending course at Flair Forever School in the city of Sofia.
Soon after graduating, he started his first bartending job in the capital city. Over the next 3 years, Ivo bartended in some of the finest cocktail bars in the city and was often invited to train and perform at local events.
In 2007, Ivo decided to move to Santa Barbara California to attend college. While there, he discovered that flair bartending was more than just a hobby. His attraction to the technique has turned his passion into his life’s work. While working in the bar industry for the last 15 years, he has built a solid foundation of knowledge in mixology, hospitality and bar development.
Ivo has built a reputation as one of the best flair bartenders in California. He has secured top honors in many competitions in and out-of-state. Whether it is making classic cocktails, time management, service, creativity, or all-around professionalism, Ivo has truly set the mark for the standards of full service bartending.
Currently, Ivo is managing Flair Project’s cocktail catering program – from detailed event planning to tailoring artisan cocktails for each and every client, his devotion to customer service and entertainment shows in every happy face that lights up when the bottles start flying.