TGI Fridays UK Bartender Championship

Gary Burdekin from Derby was crowned TGI Fridays UK Bartender Champion 2018 at a tense Grand Final held in Birmingham on 6 November. The TGI Fridays bartender was awarded with a £2,000 cash prize as well as the coveted propeller trophy which symbolises how the bar is the ‘engine’ of every TGI Fridays. On his …

Adam Lynch and Glen Howartson from Auchentoshan's The New Malt Order

Glasgow’s triple-distilled whisky Auchentoshan has announced the UK winners of its annual New Malt Order bartender competition. 48 bartenders from across the country were invited to enter for the chance to help curate the third edition of Auchentoshan The Bartender’s Malt, with the top seven making it to the live final held at TT Liquor …

Orlando Marzo Diageo Reserve World Class World’s Best Bartender

Orlando Marzo from Melbourne’s Lûmé restaurant was named Diageo’s World Class Global Bartender of the Year at a global final held in Berlin last night. The Australian bartender beat over 10,000 bartenders from every corner of the globe in a competition that spanned five continents, six months, hundreds of challenges and countless cocktails. Celebrating its …

Charley Carrington Ophir Gin World Adventure

Charley Carrington (pictured) from Last Chance bar in Nottingham was crowned the winner of the fifth annual Opihr World Adventure Cocktail Competition at a final held in Istanbul, Turkey. The eight bartenders who competed in the final were tasked with creating a cocktail that transcends borders, cities and cultures, and was inspired by their visit …

Dimi Savvaidis at the Monin Cup

Dimi Savvaidis from the King of Islington in Dundee has been crowned the UK winner of the 2018 Monin Cup. The final of the bi-annual bartender competition was hosted by Monin on 24 September at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. Now in its third year, the competition sets out to celebrate and champion young …

Stevey Arroyo

Stevey Arroyo (pictured) from Salt Dog Slim’s in Liverpool won Jägermeister UK’s inaugural Meister Hunter competition with a campfire-inspired cocktail. Taking place at Trof Northern Quarter, two-day final began on 19 September where bartenders were put through the ranks with a foraging workshop, using the ingredients in the cocktail creations they would present at the …

Tennessee Calling

Now in its third year, the Tennessee Calling cocktail competition from Jack Daniel’s aims to give UK bartenders mentorship from the best in the trade. Tennessee Calling calls upon industry visionaries to share their knowledge, expertise and secrets with those bartenders willing and hungry to learn how to craft their very own story. This year, …

Dave Tsouvallaris

Dave Tsouvallaris (pictured) from Birmingham has been crowned the winner of the Be At One Bartender Challenge 2018. Open to all bartenders, the annual challenge is a company-wide initiative that celebrates the talent and hard work of all Be At One staff. With 2018 seeing the largest number of entrants since inception, each bar is …

Versus

Amaro di Angostura is expanding its cocktail competition Versus, which launched last year in London, Milan and Rome. Versus was created by the House of Angostura for its liqueur Amaro di Angostura to get bartenders working together in rounds, challenging their speed, technique and creativity. The House of Angostura has teamed up with UK industry …

Shaun Hall

Bartender Shaun Hall (pictured) from Vice & Co in Lincoln has been crowned Funkin Innovation Champion 2018. Earlier this year, fruit purée brand Funkin opened up the Funkin Innovation competition to bartenders, asking them to create an original serve which would be a top seller in 2019 and easy to replicate. The cocktail had to …