Matthew Robold of Orange, better known as Rumdood, has advanced to the top ten of the nationwide search for the official "Rumologist" position with Tommy Bahama. Given the videos chosen for the top ten, it would appear that the requirements for the position are resistance to cirrhosis, a penchant for aloha wear, and a passion for all things distilled from sugarcane.
Robold is heavily involved in the Los Angeles Rum Society, where he leads drunken Caribbean debauchery rum education at Caña Rum Bar, and the Orange County Bartender's Cabinet. He's also the go-to man for a good rum drink when in Seal Beach.
The "Rumologist" position would require Robold to make five to seven appearances at Tommy Bahama locations over the next year, develop a blog and several original rum recipes, and generally be the rum...ologist (sorry) at Tommy Bahama. It comes with a full wardrobe and a $50,000 stipend, enough to keep even the biggest lover of sugarcane spirit floating in a sea of rhum agricole.
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Here's Robold's application video, in which he shows off more rum bottles at one time than most people have ever bought in a lifetime and schools the other, lesser contestants on how to make a real mai tai:
As a Round 3 participant, Robold will have to submit another video with his own take on the daiquiri, then pick two people (living or dead) to serve it to. Stay tuned for that video and instructions on how to vote Robold into the position.