Heat Finalists Announced for Appleton Bartender Challenge
Following a huge reaction to the 2012 Appleton Estate Bartender Challenge the final 72 competitors to make it through to the heats have been announced – full list below.
The moment BarLifeUK learnt about the Bartender Challenge we knew it was going to be one of the must win competitions of the year, due in part to the fact it really challenged the competitors all round bartending skills not just drink making abilities.
The 6 heats will take place over the next 7 weeks with three taking place within London as well as Leeds, Bristol and Edinburgh. Getting to this stage is just the beginning with the heats challenging the competitor’s skills to the full.
Each bartender will be asked to compete in 3 different areas through the day consisting of:
Pop Cocktail Creation – Picking one of 12 classic rum cocktails to make and discuss
Bar Knowledge Question – 1 question around the skill of bartending or random bartender fact
Prepared Cocktail – Make an original cocktail used as an up sell including the ‘sales pitch’ given to customers as well as the selling price, GP and Number of Units of Alcohol.
That is just to get through the heats, from what we hear the final is going to be even more intense. Well they are battling for the chance to represent the UK at the finals in Jamaica.
The London West heat is first up at Trailer Happiness on Monday 27th February so come on down to lend your support from 2pm and you never know there might be a Appleton Estate cocktail or two on the go. Details on the other 5 heats to come next week.
Congratulations to all of the 72 heat finalists and we look forward to seeing you all over the next few weeks.
Mario La Pietra
Michelangelo del Pezzo
Lee Potter Cavanagh
‘Dutch’ Dan Stramrood
Rafal ‘The Dragon’ Tetich
Rick James Williams
Joannes van Goethem