Samuel "The King" Díaz
Modern tradition from the Andes to Barcelona.
Samuel Díaz, also known as “The King” for his royal appearance and noble blood that flows through his veins, is part of a new class of bartenders. His background and training actually took place in the kitchen, but he then decided to jump behind the bar as soon as he discovered his authentic passion: cocktails. Born in Peru, he adds a touch of Nikkei to mixology. In Trujillo, his native town, Samuel explored the world of distilled spirits and ancestral concoctions and discovered secrets that only the indigenous tribes from those faraway lands had access to. He arrived at Slow almost by chance and immediately received Fran Mekk’s support, who recognised his exceptional skillset. He became Mr. Mekk’s pupil, and certainly didn’t give up that great opportunity of learning all the new and fascinating techniques, movements and theories. He’s constantly evolving and has now become a master of workshops, tastings, seminars and masterclasses. Like most latinos, he’s a huge fan of New York Style salsa, so all he’s listening to all day are Héctor Lavoe, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto or Fania All-Stars. He knows everything there is to know about the art of barbecues, and his vertiginous shaking style will make you tremble with desire to try one of his creations here at Slow. Keep your eyes open for him!