Bartenders poised to compete in Bacardí Legacy global final

Iain Griffiths Carta Switchel

Thirty-six bartenders from around the world, including the UK’s Iain Griffiths, are in San Francisco for the start of this year’s Bacardí Legacy global cocktail competition.

In the semi-finals over the next two days, in front of a high-profile line-up of judges, they will be showcasing their signature Bacardí drinks and demonstrating how they have marketed them. See below for a full list of competitors.

They will be competing to win a place in the grand final on Sunday (April 24) for a chance to be global winner and see their drink join Bacardí’s “legacy” cocktails such as the Cuba Libre and the Mojito.

A live stream of the competition can be watched via YouTube at from 8pm UK time today (April 22).

The finalists were selected after national competitions starting last year. In the UK, the three “most promising” bartenders were given a budget for a four-month promotional campaign, leading to Iain Griffiths from Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel in London being named overall UK winner. Click here for details of his cocktail, the Carta Switchel.

The judges for the grand final will be legendary American bartender Dale DeGroff, leading New York City bar owner Julie Reiner, Bacardí’s maestro de ron Jose Sanchez Gavito, and Franck Dedieu, winner of the 2015 Bacardí Legacy global cocktail competition.

For the semi-finals today and tomorrow, the judges will include 2014 global champion Tom Walker, previously at The Savoy’s American Bar in London and now at Attaboy in New York City. Joining him on the panel for best drink will be global rum ambassador Ian Burrell, Martin Cate of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, and Ivy Mix of the Speedrack competition and Leyenda bar in Brooklyn.

The panel for best promotional campaign features Jim Meehan, who founded New York City bar PDT, Bacardí rums marketing director Nadine Iaococca, and Enrique Comas, sixth-generation member of the Bacardí family and Bacardi’s senior manager for trade advocacy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Full list of Bacardí Legacy global competitors
Listed in competition running order

Bar Shira, Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar, Tel Aviv (Israel)
Maximiliano Salomón, Isabel Bar in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Iain Griffiths, Dandelyan, London (UK)
John Richelieu Cruz, Cafe Enye, Quizon City (Philippines)
Bannie Kang, Anti:Dote, Singapore (Singapore)
Angelika Larkina (Estonia)
Norbert Schök, Kollázs bar at Four Seasons Grescham Palace, Budapest (Hungary)
Choni Song, The Nest, Shanghai (China)
Laura Marnich, Zuma, Dubai (UAE)
Will Lynch. The Exchequer, Dublin (Ireland)
Pawel Rodaszyński, El Koktel, Warsaw (Poland)
Nicolas Crouse, Lucky Shaker, Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa)
Angel Arruñada, Sol y Mar, Fuengirola (Spain)
Giancarlo Quiroz Jesus, The Diamond, Vancouver (Canada)
Konstantinos Kapniaris, Third Wave, Thessaloníki (Greece)
Matthieu Henry, Comptoir de la Bourse, Lyon (France)
Christof Reichert, Dom Grill Kitchen Bar, Karlsruhe (Switzerland)
Kervin Unido, Mr & Mrs Fox, Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Lizaveta Molyavka, News Café, Minsk (Belarus)
Alexander Kalachev, 15 Kitchen+Bar, Moscow (Russia)
Eduards Trofimčuks, Olympic Casino, Jelgava (Latvia)
Argyris Asleep, Palaia Pineza, Nicosia (Cyprus)
Chia-An Chan, Angel’s Share, New York City (USA)
Masato Sakurai, Ginza Yaemaru, Tokyo (Japan)
Oskar Johannson, Corner Club, Stockholm (Sweden)
Moe Aljaff, Brooms & Hatchets, Oslo (Norway)
Andrew Bennett, The Classroom, Perth (Australia)
Livio Morena, Caffé Propaganda, Rome (Italy)
Mitchell Kai Lum, Banyan Tree’s Vertigo Too, Bangkok (Thailand)
Arash Ghassemi, Green Door, Berlin (Germany)
Anya Lily Montague, Mr Porter, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Ayman Zayour, Vivid Lounge-Bar, Beirut (Lebanon)
Stefan Bauer, The Bank Brasserie & Bar, Vienna (Austria)
Pablo “Pasti” Mangialavori, Limantour, Mexico City (Mexico)
Miroslav Kljajic (from Croatia), Carnival Cruise Lines (cruise ships)
James Crinson, LaLa Land, Wanaka (New Zealand)

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