Peter Nguyen (pictured) from Mr Fogg’s Residence in London will be heading to Paris to compete against bartenders from around the world after winning the Monin Cup UK final.
Alongside seven other young finalists from around the country, he impressed judges with two signature serves using Monin products at the final during London Cocktail Week last week.
Both his drinks were inspired by childhood memories. Hootenanny featured Monin Butterscotch syrup, bourbon, pineapple juice and Fernet-Branca, described as “capturing the fun of a family get-together”.
His non-alcoholic Caramel and Popcorn (pictured below) brought back memories of trips to the cinema, showcasing Monin Popcorn and Monin Salted Caramel syrups and Le Fruit de Monin Raspberry, complemented by a mixture of fruit juices.
Peter will now represent the UK at the international Monin Cup final on December 5 in Paris, competing against more than 40 Monin Cup winners from across the globe.
Charley Carrington from Boilermaker in Nottingham took second place, with third place going to Matyáš Bušek, also from Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair.
At the UK final at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall, each bartender mixed and presented their signature Monin cocktail and mocktail for technical judging and UK Bartenders’ Guild chairman Michael Sweetman, who awarded points for technique, performance and interaction.
Each drink was then blind tasted for balance, visual presentation and originality by a panel of bar industry experts including bartenders Luca Cordiglieri and Rémi Satony-Bena and Monin brand ambassador Daniel Davis.
The only stipulation was that each cocktail must contain at least 20ml of product from Monin’s extensive range of more than 140 syrups, fruit mixes and liqueurs.
Luca said: “The competition produced some fantastic drinks which showed flair and innovation but Peter was the clear winner. His signature Monin serves were of the highest quality, demonstrating an impressive range of skills and perfectly-balanced flavours. I look forward to seeing Peter take on the world at the International Monin Cup Final in December.”
Peter added: “All the other finalists were amazing so I’m really proud to have won – to be honest it’s still sinking in! The Monin Cup UK has been a fantastic experience and I have learnt so much but there is still a lot to learn.
“I feel very fortunate for the opportunity to represent the UK at the international final and I can’t wait to get to Paris!”
The Monin Cup UK was supported by Bulldog Gin, Tabasco, Hamilton Beach, Jägermeister and the UK Bartenders’ Guild.