STAFF PICK: Phil Ford

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Interview by Anastasia Kontchaeva

Phil started bartending at Trade in February of this year. Before this, he was slinging drinks at the Top of the Hub on the 52nd floor of Prudential Center. When he’s not beaching it at the Cape, catch him at Fenway rooting for the Sox.

How long have you been working in the food industry?
About two years. Before that I was going to school for communications UMAss Amherst.

What lead you to work at Trade?
I left my old job, took a little vacation and then I needed another job. I looked into it, and decided I wanted to come in and interview.

Why did you want to work here?
When I was reading into it, the cocktail program was really good, I knew the bar director was pretty well known so I wanted to learn from him.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to golf, I like to go to the beach. I grew up on the cape in Yarmouth so I go down to the cape as much as I can. I see old friends and family.

What is your favorite thing to do around Boston?
Go to Red Sox games – I’ve been about 12 times this year!

What do you like most about working at Trade?
The camaraderie of the people, they’re really nice here. It’s fast paced, I like that. Time goes fast, the bar is busy.

What’s your favorite accomplishment here?
We were in The Cue for a drink and we came in second by a couple of votes so that’s pretty good for the team! We had to work with Mount Gay Rum…We needed something sweet and something light. I’m a big fan of the Hibiscus Liqueur we have here, which is what we put in the Hawaiian Shirt, so it’s similar.

What is your favorite dish at Trade?
I’m a big fan of the fried chicken sandwich and the steak salad. When it comes to dinner, I’m pretty simple. The half chicken is very good.

What’s your favorite drink?
Favorite drink by far, Beets by Trade. Earthy and full of nutrients.