Bartender Frank Dedieu of Redwood bar in Lyon in France has been announced as global winner of this year’s Bacardi Legacy competition with his cocktail, Le Latin.
Representing France, he was one of eight bartenders selected out of 34 finalists to compete in the grand final in Sydney Town Hall on tonight (May 3).
His cocktail, which he describes as “simple, elegant”, was inspired by his family’s roots in the Montpellier and Marseillan area of France where they grew grapes and where Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardi Massó himself once sold wine.
Le Latin combines Bacardi Carta Blanca rum with white wine, lemon juice, olive brine and sugar cane caster sugar.
The judges in the grand final included Ago Perrone of the Connaught Bar at London’s Connaught Hotel who won Bacardi Legacy in 2009 and Tom Walker, formerly of The Savoy’s American Bar in London but now at Attaboy in New York City, who was global Bacardi Legacy winner in 2014.
The other judges were José Sanchez Gavito, maestro de ron for Bacardi, and world-leading bartender Stephen Schneider of Employees Only in New York City.
The other seven bartenders to reach the grand final were Jad Ballout of Central Station in Beirut for Lebanon; Faye Chen of Speak Low in Shanghai for China; Peter Chua of 28 HongKong Street in Singapore for Singapore; Xaris Darras from Athens for Greece; Denzel Heath of Thirst in Cape Town for South Africa; Karim Mehdi of Saba in Dublin for Ireland; and Barney Toy of Society & Nook in Auckland for New Zealand but originally from Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Alongside Frank, the top three tonight were Jad Ballout and Barney Toy.
Ally Martin of Peg + Patriot in east London, who won the UK final of Bacardi Legacy, made it through to the global semi-finals but narrowly missed out on a place in the top eight for the grand final.
Le Latin by Frank Dedieu
45ml Bacardi Carta Blanca
20ml White wine (preferably a viognier)
20ml Lemon juice
6ml Olive brine
2 barspoons sugar cane (caster sugar)
Shake and strain into a coupette. Garnish with an olive.