Making La Fuerza with Kate Osmillo of OTO

March 10, 2018

Kate Osmillo, or Katkat as she is affectionately called, has been in the restaurant industry for several years, working as a sous-chef, hostess, barista, and most recently a bartender. She describes her decision to become a barista and bartender as a manifestation of her being a frustrated chef. Due to a collapse in the kitchen some years ago, her doctor deemed the hot environment not compatible with her health. But ever-determined, she got creative and went into the parallel beverage industry.

Osmillo tells us that making bespoke cocktails is not about the creativity of the bartender. “I’m not the one who’s supposed to think of the spirits, the flavors,” she explains, “It depends on the guests, what they prefer.” A former pageant contestant and a towering figure, Osmillo tells us that restaurants would always want to put her front-of-house. But her insistence and persistence led her to becoming one of the few award-winning female bartenders in the local industry. She tells us about the cocktail that made her one of four winners in the first Annual Don Papa Cocktail Competition.

Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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