Sephora Jade Janz
Sephora Jade Janz is Montreal born, now proud West-Coaster. She was initially motivated by family to make the move but since then developed a deep love for B.C. culture and culinary. Making her first moves in the industry at just 16 years old, Sephora was a hostess at Cravings Café in South Vancouver. Along with her experience as a Bartender and Restaurant Manager at Glowbal Restaurant Group and Hook Seabar experience as an Assistant General Manager.
For 7 years, she worked at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel as a server, trainer, bar tender and supervisor. The Fairmont was the starting point into her journey as a Sommelier. She was on the opening crew for Botanist as a Champagne Bartender for a year. Sephora's passion for hospitality is strongly present each day she shows up for her team.
With her Level 3 WSET Sommelier certification amongst other notable hospitality certified trainer and service excellence awards, Sephora is highly skilled and cut-out perfectly for her position with Ancora. The high quality of food and beverage service Ancora offers is one of Sephora’s top prides in the company.
Katie grew up in scenic Montana for a majority of her life where she developed her passion for art and photography. She continued on to her first round of higher education in Wyoming, where she studied photography and communications. In her down time, she found her first ever restaurant job working at a small Wyoming breakfast diner, which would spark her on-going love of the hospitality industry. Fast forward three years and various bar and restaurant jobs later, she decided to move to Vancouver to continue her arts degree at Emily Carr University.
Vancouver is where Katie fell in love with cocktails and learning more about all things bar and mixology. She worked in pubs mostly while finishing her degree and quickly realized she had so much more passion for hospitality than continuing on with photography, so she switched gears and got her hands on any cocktail book she could get her hands on. She worked as the head bartender of cocktail bar, Barra 41, for three years under an award winning bar manager, where she gained countless hours of experience and education. She continued on as the bar manager of Papi's Oyster Bar, before she found her home at Ancora Ambleside.
Katie is most excited about creating a memorable and personalized experience for all her guests, and watching someone take the first sip out of a cocktail that she created is the highlight of every day. The creativity and passion that goes into the bar program at Ancora is fueled by her neverending desire to keep learning and growing. In her downtime, you can find Katie sipping on a daiquiri and watching stand up comedy.