Cov bar­tender one of best in the busi­ness

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By JAMES RODGER News Re­porter news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AN ex­pert bar­tender and mixol­o­gist has se­cured one of just five places in the UK Grand Fi­nal of the TGI Fri­days UK Bar­tender Cham­pi­onship 2017.

An­dras Kertesz, 37 from Coven­try, who works at TGI Fri­days in the city, has made it through to the fi­nal of the UK’s lead­ing bar­tend­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

He rose above the other com­peti­tors in the first and sec­ond rounds of the cham­pi­onship, which took place ear­lier in the year.

Hun­dreds of bar­tenders en­tered this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, so sim­ply pro­gress­ing to the fi­nal is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment in it­self.

The pre­vi­ous rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion saw the bar­tenders put through their paces, with tasks in­clud­ing a 90-minute exam, where bar­tenders were quizzed on over 100 drinks recipes, and the his­tory and in­gre­di­ents of Fri­days beer, liquor, wine and food of­fer­ings, to en­sure their knowl­edge is sec­ond to none.

Bar­tenders also had to show off their skill be­hind the bar by freep­our­ing ex­act mea­sures ev­ery time, cre­at­ing recipes in a time limit, and per­form­ing their very own rou­tine – in­clud­ing bar flair, which is the art of spin­ning, throw­ing, and do­ing other tricks with the bot­tles and glasses, whilst cre­at­ing a cock­tail.

An­dras is now putting the fin­ish­ing touches to his rou­tine for the fi­nal, which they have de­scribed as ‘com­plex, en­ter­tain­ing and high-oc­tane.’

The UK Fi­nal is set to take place in Birm­ing­ham on 21 Novem­ber in front of a crowd of over 300 spec­ta­tors, where An­dras will com­pete for a £2,000 top prize and the leg­endary Fri­days pro­pel­ler tro­phy.

If An­dras is vic­to­ri­ous in the UK Fi­nal, he will head to the US to take part in the TGI Fri­days World Bar­tender Cham­pi­onship where he will com­pete to be crowned the World’s Great­est Bar­tender and win a top prize of $10,000.

The World Fi­nal, which takes place in the USA in early 2018, is en­tered by over 10,000 bar­tenders from over 60 coun­tries across the globe each year and is the pin­na­cle of the global com­pet­i­tive bar­tend­ing cal­en­dar.

An­dras said: “I’m hugely ex­cited about tak­ing part in the UK fi­nal – and can’t wait to test my­self against the top bar­tenders from across the coun­try. I know the fi­nal is go­ing to be a mas­sive step up in terms of the com­pe­ti­tion, so I am prac­tic­ing for sev­eral hours a day to make sure I have the best chance of win­ning, as com­pet­ing in the world fi­nal would be a dream come true.”

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