The Chivas Masters UK Final is here. Having come through tough heats around the UK our eight finalists convene today, 11.00 in the Punch Room at the exceptionally elegant Edition in London. The prize? A trip to New York to represent the UK in The Chivas Masters Global Final.
Kicking off some two months ago we’ve visited Bristol, Oxford, Manchester, Edinburgh and London as we’ve witnessed bartenders from all around the UK demonstrating their cocktail creativity. The standard throughout has been exceptional, so the eight finalists really have earned their places in today’s UK Final.
As in their previous heats the bartenders have to produce four original cocktails, each featuring Chivas and the key part played by this unique liquid in classic periods in cocktail culture history: The Classic Age, The Post-War Boom, The Disco Years and The Age of Revivalism.
Here they are, wish them Luck!
Ali Reynolds, Hawksmoor, London
Enrique Gomez, Sticks ‘N’ Sushi, London
Franco Burnell, The Library, Bournemouth
Jake Murphy, 81 LTD, Liverpool
Jolene Cadwell, Papaji’s, Bristol
Jules Van Dyke, Voodoo Moon, Wrexham
Lee Hyde, Oskar’s Bar at Dabbous, London
Will Cox, The Bon Vivant, Edinburgh
On hand to select the winner will be judges; Max Warner, Chivas Global Brand Ambassador, Agostino Peronne, Director of Mixology at The Connaught Bar, Johan Ekelund, Sharp and Dapper, and The Cocktail Lovers.
The People’ Choice
On votes from the public Jules Van Dyke came out top. But we will know the real winner in just a matter of hours…