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Rodrigo Vidales studied English literature and Drama and worked as a bartender to pay for his studies. Eventually, he fell in love with cocktail culture thanks to Gin Gin, where he learned about the history of fine drinking. He travelled and worked in various places around the world to develop his depth of bartending knowledge and make his ideas more complex by sharing with other bartenders. He is now co-founder of Blacksmith with the help of his friend and business partner Yamil Arias.