DELEGATE: Tell us more about yourself
(Ethan Leslie Leong, Executive Director, Senior Master Mixologist & Executive Chef of Maison Ikkoku)
I’m the Founding Director of Maison Ikkoku Group, sometimes I cater my cocktails to events, sometimes I am a consultant of cocktails/desserts/menus for F&B establishment, sometimes interior design firms engage my interior design services, sometimes I function as a mentor in fashion mentorship programmes, sometimes I head around the world creating beautifully balanced cocktails (“Jewel of Pangaea”)……
D: How did you get the idea or concept for your business?
Need Inspirations? 1st, DRINK UP Maison Ikkoku’s cocktails!
D: What is your vision/mission for your company?
Our Mission is to ensure all our customers could have lasting performances in the “night activities” department.
D: How did you start it? What were some adversities you faced when starting it?
Knocks & Bruises here and there, just got to keep going…After which, the word “impossible” is nowhere to be found in my dictionary.
D: What is something we might not know about the industry you’re in?
We need to use inner force to shake up every cocktail you drink, so remember to tip your mixologists well.
D: What has been the most memorable experience for you so far in running your business?
Winning publicly voted awards (means recognition you know), recently titled the best cocktail bar of the year 2016, for consecutively 2 years in the row. Sincere thanks to all the people out there who’ve voted for us! Thank You! Thank You! & THANK YOU!!!
D: How do you define success? Who do you see as successful?
Success is not the key to happiness, happiness is the key to success, if you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
D: Which habits of yours have gotten you to where you are today?
My habits of working out regularly somehow helps in keeping me focus.
D: What is one thing you would like your customers to know about your company?
We are celebrating our 5th Anniversary this coming Nov 2016. Without all your support we wouldn’t be here. On behalf of Maison Ikkoku Group, we would like to give all of you a big fat kiss each. The kiss can be redeemed at any of the 2 outlets ( Fort by Maison Ikkoku or Maison Ikkoku itself), from any bar staff of your choice.
D: If you could give advice to fellow and budding entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Doing a common thing uncommonly well, brings success.
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