Five bartenders are lined up for the final of a competition to fill the paid part-time role of Innovation Champion with cocktail specialist Funkin.
Entries were received from across the UK after bartenders were issued with the challenge to come up with the next big innovation in cocktails and create a cocktail using any product from the FunkinPro range.
The five finalists, who are set to compete in the final today at The Cocktail Trading Co in Soho in London, are:
- Michael Stringer of BlackLeaf Events, based in London
- Joe Macbeth of Rub Smokehouse & Bar in Nottingham
- James Le Gallez of Apéritif on Guernsey
- Massimo Zitti of Cane & Grain in Manchester
- Róbert Kecskés of Chez Chow in London.
The group will be challenged to recreate their Funkin cocktail, present their innovative idea and think on their feet.
In the paid part-time role of Innovation Champion, the winner will contribute to Funkin’s ongoing programme of developing new ideas for cocktails, helping the company to grow and lead the way in product development.
Funkin managing director Andrew King said: “This year, we’ve had outstanding entries for our second annual Innovation Champion.
“Cocktail innovation is at the heart of everything we do and we’ve selected five finalists that we feel best represent Funkin’s ethos.
“2016 will be an exciting year for Funkin and we are confident whoever is named Innovation Champion will have a rewarding experience as part of our visionary team.”
The previous Innovation Champion winner was Dan Redman-Hubley (pictured).