International bartender Bannie Kang (pictured below) has been declared the winner of the Black Cow Gold Top Cup 2018, a zero waste cocktail and food pairing theme competition.
The Black Cow Gold Top Cup 2018 Final was held at the Black Cow Distillery, Bar and Kitchen in West Dorset.
Competitors were tasked with developing a food dish and cocktail pairing, with the cocktail using the by-product of the dish.
Bannie, head craftsman at the well-known Fairmont Singapore hotel’s Anti:Dote Bar, took the title with her winning cocktail The Thinker (pictured), combining Black Cow, fermented banana water, lemon juice and Palo Cortado Sherry which was paired with a Banana Soufflé.
Bannie said: “In Korea, my home country, we have a rich history of fermentation in cuisine, which goes back thousands of years.
“For my cocktail, The Thinker, I used my grandmother’s recipe, more often used for citrus and herbs, to produce a banana fermentation.
“This is achieved by layering waste bananas, lemons and sugar. After five days, the fermentation has progressed and you are left with a clear liquid banana enzyme. It is the Korean tradition to use this fruit enzyme instead of sugar.
“Next, I created banana bitters from the same enzyme, with the addition of angostura for my accompanying soufflé. After this, my soufflé and the banana bitters were created from the waste left over after the enzyme was strained off.”
“I was inspired to call this cocktail The Thinker as I am motivated by using the by-product in its entirety, to eliminate waste.”
This year’s judging panel was made up of Jon Almond from Delightful Drinks, renowned Dorset-based chef Leslie Waters, Black Cow founders Jason Barber and Paul Archard and last year’s competition winner, Erica Brown from the US.
Bannie’s pairing impressed the judges by cleverly incorporating the no waste theme and Black Cow brand ethos, using just four ingredients for the pairing which combined both sweet and sour flavours.
As this year’s competition winner, Bannie was awarded a $1,000 (£750) cash prize and a handmade pottery Gold Top Cup made by renowned Dorset potter Miranda Berrow.