Robert Schinkel is a tea expert, cocktail expert and hospitality consultant from The Netherlands. He started out his career during his study political sciences at the University of Amsterdam working in various bars and restaurants. It was there where he discovered his talent for hospitality and mixing drinks.
In 2006, while he was working in the famous restaurant, club and cocktailbar “The Mansion” in Amsterdam, he won one of the most prestigious international cocktail competitions claiming the title “Remy Martin Bartender Style Master”. This title was soon followed by national titles “Southern Comfort Bartender of the Year 2007”, SCAE champion ”Coffee in Good Spirits 2008” and “Dilmah Tea Sommelier Champion 2009” showing his broad knowledge about all kinds of different spirits and beverages.
In 2007 he started an agency focussing in hospitality and cocktail training. For the last thirteen years he’s has been a speaker, motivator and consultant in the world of cocktails and F&B. Training staff at 5 star properties worldwide and teaching many professional bartenders, tea afionados and foodies about tea and cocktails.
Robert describes himself as a “cocktail” - his mother is Indonesian and father, Dutch. Like any other bartender, Robert started off working in dive bars, pubs and restaurants before he started mixing cocktails. As he gained experience, he wanted to broaden his horizon and started mixing coffee before moving to tea.
He’s been known for his innovating recipes, both with and without alcohol, and his skill to create signature drinks for persons, occasions or properties.
In 2015 he launched his own spirit - Pekoe Tea liqueur - and it's the first premium range of tea liqueurs in the world. It's well-received in the industry and awarded with serveral prizes.
Robert has been an expert on tea mixology for over ten years. He’s been presenting this new trend in the world of cocktails throughout the world, demonstrating inspiring drinks with tea.
For Dilmah Tea he has created 4 recipe books full of new tea based drinks and he’s one of the speakers at the International School of Tea, inspiring attendants from all over the world to look at tea from a different angle.