Great Britain's Jamie Jones, of bar consultancy No Fixed Abode, has made it to the final 10 of the World Class Bartender of the Year competition, following two days of competition in Mexico City.
A total of 55 bartenders from across the world have been involved in the contest and have been set a range of challenges including creating something from the contents of a kitchen larder, to reflect the growing popularity of cocktails in the home, as well as being asked to create the ultimate "green" cocktail to highlight environmental awareness. The also took on the Heat of the Moment challenge, which asked them to use culinary techniques and local ingredients to create serves which break boundaries of existing cocktail making.
"There are two days left of the competition and I'm particularly looking forward to tomorrow's Lucha Libre challenge - when our final 10 enter the ring for the battle of the 'classics' in a competition to see who can create the best classic cocktail. We'll be looking for clever twists and inspired thinking whilst remaining true to the original cocktail creation."
The top 10 finalists (pictured) include:
o Denmark - Mate Csatlos (Place of work: Kabuku at Umami)
o Japan - Suguru Makinaga (Place of work: Bar Leigh Islay)
o Sweden - Josephine Sondlo (Place of work: Penny and Bill)
o Mexico - Fatima Del Carmen Leon (Place of work: Fifty Mils)
o Great Britain - Jamie Jones (Place of work: No Fixed Abode)
o Canada - Kaitlyn Stewart (Place of work: Royal Dinette)
o Australia - Andrea Gualdi (Place of work: Maybe Frank)
o Turkey - Kevin Patnode (Place of work: Kulhanbeyi)
o USA - Chris Cardone (Place of work: I Sodi)
o Austria - Marcus Philipp (Place of work: Albertina Passage)
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