Future Thrills Speakers
Ryan Chetiyawardana (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the UK's best bars for over a decade. He has been named UK Bartender of the Year twice and has won several national competitions. He now helps design and judge several notable national and international competitions whilst acting as a mentor to competitors.
Ryan is also known as an innovator, having given talks in the US, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka and Russia on pioneering drinks practice. He was also named 'Hot Stuff' at the Imbibe Awards 2012, and was named ‘Innovator of the Year' at the 2014 awards. He was named in Wallpaper’s ‘Next Generation’ list in January 2014 and has been shortlisted for Zagat’s ‘30 under 30’. Ryan was the 'Spirits Ambassador' for Imbibe Live 2014.
Iain Griffiths has been involved in the hospitality industry for over ten years. Iain is currently the new business development manager for Mr Lyan Ltd and he has worked closely with several notable companies creating bespoke serves and masterclasses including for Nike, Caorunn and Grey Goose.
Ryan and Iain recently opened three Mr Lyan bars - Henry at the Hudson hotel in New York, and White Lyan - the first cocktail bar in the world to feature no perishables - in London, which was awarded 'Best New Bar in the World' at the prestigious 2014 Spirited Awards. Dandelyan launched on the Southbank, London within the Mondrian Hotel in October 2014.