Beefeater reveals bartenders for MIXLDN global final in London

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The full line-up of bartenders heading to London from around the world for the final of this year’s Beafeater MIXLDN global bartender competition has been announced.

Joining UK winner Alex Walker (pictured right) from The Beaufort Bar at London’s Savoy hotel, they will be coming together for the four-day final at the start of February, culminating in an event to announce the winner on February 8.

The judging panel will include Beefeater Gin’s master distiller Desmond Payne (pictured left), bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana of Dandelyan and Cub in London, bartender Alessandro Palazzi of Dukes Bar at Dukes London hotel and Difford’s Guide editor Simon Difford.

The 31 global finalists, who all triumphed in their national heats, will be:

Canada – Jason Griffin, Bacchanal, Toronto
Iceland – Jónmundur Borsteinsson, Apotek Restaurant, Reykjavík
Croatia – Marino Karinja, Bokamorra, Split
Finland – Clément Cariou, A21 Decades, Helsinki
Slovakia – Miroslav Telehanič, Sky Bar & Restaurant, Bratislava
Serbia & Montenegro – Stefan Ćirković, Balkon, Novi Sad, Serbia
Belgium – Julian Kappert, Mercado Antwerp
Bulgaria – Margarita Dimova, Sputnik, Sofia
China – Ziyu Zhang, The Peninsula, Beijing
Denmark – Marianna Kozanyiova, Curfew, Copenhagen
Estonia – Mikk Kelder, Butterfly Lounge, Tallinn
Lithuania – Gabrielė Sasnauskaitė, Alchemikas, Vilnius
Mexico City – Luis Fernando Romero Lopez, Bootlegger
Norway – Maxime Verrier, ISM Oslo
Poland – Patryk Kowalski, Woda Ognista, Warsaw
UK – Alexander Walker. The Beaufort Bar, The Savoy, London
Austria – Manuela Lerchbaumer, Easy Bar, Linz
Brasil – Luciano Guimarães, Pina Cocktails & Co, Recife
New Zealand – Charles Stringer David Gillet, Poplar Social, Christchurch
Cyprus – Pavlos Aslanidis, Columbia Beach, Paphos
Czech Republic – Hana Graclikova, Super Panda Circus, Brno
Greece – Ioannis Alexandros Dontas, Bartesera, Athens
USA – Jason Seele
Cuba – Arturo Castro de la Uz, Snack-Bar and Restaurant Waoo!!!, Havana
Italy – Corey Squarzoni, Speakeasy Liquidbar, Arona
Japan – Satoshi Sugiura
Peru – Jose Anibal Huayllani, Maido, Lima
Argentina – Ariel Figueroa
Hong Kong – Maxim Schulte
Sweden – Simon Epale, Pharmarium, Stockholm
South Africa – Keanu Batista

Now in its seventh year, the 2018 final promises to be “bigger and better than ever before”, with finalists vying to win the once-in-a-lifetime prize: an opportunity to create their own gin with Desmond Payne.

Desmond said: “This year’s competition has already been the toughest yet, with bartenders from all four corners of the globe creating unique and innovative cocktails. We are experiencing a renaissance in cocktail culture, with the profession of bartending seen in a new light. Through competitions like MIXLDN 7 we are helping to put local ‘mixologists’ on the global stage.

“As I celebrate my 50th year in the industry and see the popularity of gin continuing to soar, I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate than to showcase the diversity and potential of Beefeater through the eyes of some of the world’s most talented bartenders.

“It makes complete sense that Beefeater organises such a great event, being the world’s most awarded gin and distilled at the heart of London, a city renowned for creativity and innovation.”

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