Michael Madrusan is the founder and co-owner of the Made in the Shade group, together with his wife Zara. Michael, who has tended bar for more than 20 years in Australia, London and New York has worked in some of the most revered bars in the world, including New York’s Milk & Honey, Little Branch and PDT.
Michael was named #1 Most Influential Person by Australian Bartender (2019), and 4th Most Influential Person by Australian Bartender Magazine (2017). He was included in The Age’s Top 100 Most Influential People (2012), nominated for International Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans (2012) and is a respected authority and educator in the drinks world, regularly appearing at industry conferences and on spirits and cocktail judging panels across Australia. Michael is the visionary behind everything Made in the Shade, from conception to realisation.
Zara Madrusan is co-owner of the Made in the Shade group, together with her husband Michael. In October 2013, Zara left London and began working with Michael on the growth and development of The Everleigh family, now known as the Made in the Shade group.
Prior to arriving in Melbourne, Zara completed her Masters in Theatre & Performance Studies at King’s College London, specialising in immersive events and the relationship between hospitality and performance art. Zara also worked as host and events manager at the Experimental Cocktail Club (London) alongside a role in production and marketing for popular immersive theatre/film company, Future Cinema. Zara is ‘the voice’ of Made in the Shade group, overseeing brand development, marketing and events activities as well as the development of new venues and products.
Michael and Zara Madrusan also co-authored A Spot at The Bar (2016), published by Hardie Grant. Documenting The Art of Good Drinking in Three Hundred Recipes along with chapters on classic style and hosting, the book received international acclaim and a nomination at the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Awards.
Michael and Zara are available for hospitality consultancy. Visit here for more information.