Grew up by the Mediterranean coast of Beirut and traveled through Asia, Jad Ballout is a global award-winning bartender famed for his creativity and craftsmanship. After he led Central Station to win Best Bar in Middle East & Africa for two years in the World 50 Best Bars award and winning No.26 & No. 27 on the World’s 50 Best Bars ranking, he opened his new venture with his wife (Chinese) and partners, Electric Bing Sutt. Rooting on authenticity and creativity, Jad brings two cultures on both ends of the ancient silk road together, to create a new genre of the next generation of bars. Shortly after the opening of Electric Bing Sutt, it is nominated Top 10 Best New International Cocktail Bar, Tales of the Cocktails 2019.
With a stellar resume of more than 10 years of industry experience, Jad, the co-owner at Electric Bing Sutt and Central Station, established himself not only as a respected bartender but also a thought leader worldwide in creativity and bar business. He collected numerous individual awards for his achievement in the industry including Runner Up in the Global Bacardi Legacy Final 2015 and Diageo World Class Lebanon Bartender of the Year 2013. As an off-duty globetrotter, Jad travels around the world to develop new ideas and concepts for his next adventures. Besides countless guest shifts and seminars across the continents, he is also frequently featured in some of the most famous industry publications, hospitality media and trade shows.