Trinidad and Tobago finalists named
The three preliminary competitions of the Trinidad and Tobago leg of the Angostura aromatic bitters Global Cocktail Challenge, took place over the last three Saturdays. There was fierce competition but only two from each preliminary were chosen to go forward to the finals being held on September 13th at the House of Angostura.
The competitors showed great skill and there was a wide variety of experience; from first time entrants to seasoned participants who competed at several other competitions.
So the final competition should be very exciting. Each finalist going through received $500 at the end of their preliminary and the overall winner will eventually receive $10,000 and the honour of representing Trinidad and Tobago at the Global Cocktail Challenge in 2014 competing against bartenders from around the world.
Angostura thanks all the bartenders who participated in the local competition, for their professionalism and efforts to provide interesting cocktails for the judges. The standard is improving and Angostura is happy to see the creativity being used in making a cocktail. The bartenders have certainly taken their skill up to another level. It says great things for our country in the cocktail arena, as it shows that our bartenders have what it takes to be on the international stage.
Last year at the Global Cocktail Challenge held during Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago won with Daniyel Jones, so no doubt we are thirsty for another win.
Going forward to the finals are:
Clinton Ramdhan - Martini Makers
Cerron Banfield - Twisted Mynds Creations
Kester Blake - Professional
Karlina Permell - Hilton
Tyrone Benjamin - Hilton
Russel Charles - Shakers
Best Third place finishers, who will also join the winners of each preliminary are:
Neal Ramdhan- Martini Makers
Tia Hutchings- Bartender at Buzo Osteria Italiana