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 final on Thursday 20 September.
As well as creating the perfect Jägermeister cocktail, the second day challenged the bartenders to take part in clay pigeon shooting to decide the order they would take the stage.
The six finalists were chosen from the regional heats which took place over the summer in key cities, London, Manchester, Leeds, and Glasgow.
Stevey’s unique Gone Camping creation, complete with campfire, marshmallow and Jägermeister fudge, made a great impression.
As Meister Hunter champion, he won a cash prize of £3,000 and a journey to Wolfenbüttel, which is considered the heart of Jägermeister. Stevey will also automatically become a member of the brand’s bartender advocacy programme, the Hubertus Circle.
Spearheading the contest was UK Jägermeister brand ambassador Florian Beuren, who was ‘on the hunt’ for the best recipe using Jägermeister.
Florian said: “We were excited to crown 2018’s Meister Hunter and the competition was fierce, showcasing extremely talented bartenders from some of the UK’s most reputable cocktail bars.
“Over the past two days, the bartenders have really bonded and supported each other, created some stellar Jägermeister cocktails and the feedback has been incredible.”
Francesco Petracci from London’s The Gibson took second spot with Nathan Hinze of 99 Hanover Street, Edinburgh completing the podium.
The other finalists who battled it out included Shaun Dixon from Boozy Cow in Glasgow, Hamish Smith from Jake’s Bar in Leeds and Hamish Dowie from Bar Swift in London.