Leah van Deventer is an award-winning editor, writer and copywriter specialising in travel and drinks. She’s held in-house positions at newspaper, book, magazine and digital publishing houses, and currently heads up editorial at a luxury safari company while doing freelance spirits writing on the side.

A combination of work and wanderlust has seen Leah collect passport stamps for some 40 different countries, but she’s now pretty much settled back in her home city of Cape Town.

Here, Leah’s expertise in booze and bar culture has given her the opportunity to judge several cocktail competitions, and has led to her being appointed the South African ambassador for Old Fashioned Week and a director of Protégé Bartender Programme.