Born and raised in South Africa, Dirk’s dream was always to work in the hospitality industry. In 1998, he moved to Switzerland in order to fulfil his initial goal of becoming a chef.
He graduated from a renowned Hotel Management School in Lucerne. In 2004, after living in France for some time, he fell in love with bartending. He made a pledge to himself that one day he would open his own bar.
In 2008, he received the “Bartender of the Year” award. Over the course of 4 years, he worked for Pernod Ricard as a Brand Ambassador. He also travelled extensively around the world to know more about bartending.
In 2014, he accepted an offer to be the head of the renowned 5* Widder Hotel’s Bar. During his time there, the place received multiple awards, including the Best Bar in Switzerland, Best Bar Menu and Best Hotel Bar. It was also nominated twice as one of the Top 10 places for the Award of the Best International Hotel Bar.
In 2018, he opened the Bar am Wasser – a classic, high-end cocktail bar that pays tribute to all of the great bars Dirk has visited in the past.