Dimi dashes the com­pe­ti­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A Dundee bar­tender has caused a stir in Lon­don af­ter be­ing crowned UK cock­tail cham­pion.

Dimi Sav­vaidis, head of the King of Is­ling­ton bar on Union Street, is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning the UK fi­nal of the Monin Cup.

The drink-maker was tasked with cre­at­ing two cock­tails us­ing the French syrup – one al­co­holic and one not – which best “told their own story as a bar­tender”.

Dimi, who has been stir­ring cock­tails pro­fes­sion­ally since he was 17, won the com­pe­ti­tion with his cock­tails Cliff Diver and King’s Mai Tai.

Hav­ing beaten com­pe­ti­tion from the UK he will now head to Paris for the world fi­nal in De­cem­ber.

Dimi said he was “shocked, ex­cited and proud” to have won.

He said: “The her­itage and his­tory of Monin along with the phi­los­o­phy of serv­ing qual­ity con­sis­tently is my mantra to my work.”

Dan Davis, am­bas­sador for Monin UK, said: “We’ve seen some ex­cep­tional tal­ent at this year’s Monin Cup, with our young UK bar­tenders push­ing the boundaries of flavour com­bi­na­tions and in­ven­tive serves.

“The judges were on the look­out for colour, ap­pear­ance, gar­nishes, aroma, bal­ance, taste and orig­i­nal­ity and were ex­tremely im­pressed by the qual­ity of the en­trants this year.

“The judges also awarded marks for show­man­ship, clean­li­ness and skills of the bar­tenders, all of which are a cru­cial part of serv­ing a cock­tail.”

Dimi Sav­vaidis with his award.

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