Bols Around the World Semi-Finalists Announced
9th April 2013: The semi-finalists for Bols Around the World, the prestigious world bartending championship organised by Bols, have now been selected from the most extensive pool of high-level entries the contest has ever seen. Bols Around the World, which is now in its seventh year, seeks out the best and most charismatic bartenders from 66 countries and will culminate in the spectacular Grand Final held in Amsterdam on 7th May 2013 where one talented bartender will be crowned Bols Bartending World Champion 2013.
This year the team of judges, headed by The Bols Bartending Academy, was impressed by the unsurpassed level of creativity and originality which came not only from bartenders in leading cocktail cities like London and New York, but across all 66 participating countries.
In total, 21 bartenders from around the world go to the semi-finals in Amsterdam on 1st May, where only 12 will make it through to the Grand Final on 7th May to compete for the winning spot. In order to select the 21 semi-finalists, 16 regions worldwide judged their competing regional entries and each selected a regional winner. Five Young Talents, selected from a pool of 500 young talents scouted across the globe by the Bols Bartending Academy, have also been added to the semi-finalists.
Today, the names of 18 semi-finalists have been released, having been put through their paces during the first three competition stages since 1st December 2012. The semi-finalists include 14 regional winners who will compete in Amsterdam to become one of the 11 finalists, and 4 Young Talents. From the Young Talents only one can make it to the final to take on the 11 other experienced bartenders. This Young Talent finalist will receive additional training at the Bols Bartending Academy to compete on par with the other 11 bartenders.
This year’s Bols Around The World 2013 Semi Finalists are:
Region 1 Canada: Jenner Cormier (The Middle Spoon, Noble)
Region 2 USA: Tom Richter (The Beagle – NYC)
Region 3 Central America & Caribbean- Curacao: Luuk Gerritsen (Vegas 360 Curacao)
Region 4 Argentina: To be announced on 17th April at the BATW national final in Buenos Aires
Region 5: UK: Rusty Cerven – (The Connaught Bar, London)
Region 6 Scandinavia – Denmark: Leszek Stachura (The Union, Copenhagen)
Region 7 Germany: André Pintz (Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof Leipzig)
Region 8 Italy: Tiziana Borreani (cafè del mar – Savona)
Region 9 Western Europe-The Netherlands: Ciro de Georgio (Dvars, Amsterdam)
Region 10 Eastern Europe-Romania: Alexandru Tudor (Barmania Bucharest)
Region 11 Russia – To be announced on 12th April at the BATW national final in St Petersburg
Region 12 Poland: Mateusz Szuchnik-(Pies Czy Suka Pure Bar, Pogorzel)
Region 13 Japan: Michie Nishida-(Bar Open Door B2 Osaka)
Region 14 Middle East & Africa-Dubai: Jimmy Barrat (Zuma, Dubai)
Region 15 Asia-South Korea: Seongha Lee (Kap Bar & Dining, Seoul)
Region 16 Australia & New Zealand: Australia, Benjamin Tua (Mechanics Institute, Perth)
Young Talent Holland: Stefan van Zuijlen (Jersey, Goes)
Young Talent Europe: Hungary Fanni Lajkó (Boutiq’ Bar, Budapest)
Young Talent Americas: Brazil: José Kennedy Nascimento (MyNYbar, Sao Paolo)
Young Talent Australasia & Africa: Hong Kong: Nokoy Mak (Quinary, Hong Kong)
The winner will be crowned Bols Bartending World Champion 2013 and will go on an all-expenses paid eight-day bar tour ‘Around the World’ to four cocktail cities of his/her choice and will also win a trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans this summer. All 21 semi-finalists will become Bols Brand Ambassadors and win a second trip to Amsterdam for a unique training programme at the Bols Bartending Academy
This year the global panel of judges across both the finals and semi-finals will be headed by Malika Saidi, head trainer Bols Bartending Academy and includes:
Anistatia Miller & Jared Brown, Directors of Mixellany Limited
Hidetsugu Ueno, owner and bartender of Bar High Five Tokyo and master of Japanese bartending
Jeff (Beachbum) Berry, one of Imbibe magazine’s ‘25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century’ and Global Tiki Expert
Ago Perrone, Global Brand Ambassador Galliano and Head Mixologist Connaught Bar
Gabor Onufer, Bols Bartending World Champion 2012
The Grand Final of Bols Around the World on May 7th in Amsterdam is a spectacular event in which the world’s best 12 bartenders compete and showcase their skills and creativity, while 1100 guests enjoy Bols Cocktails and shows from DJ’s, singers and the World Champions Tandem Flair: Tomek & Marek. The event is unique allowing all 1100 guests to taste the finalists cocktails and award their own public winner.