Leading barmen from 24 countries created a variety of new cocktails on Wednesday (1 November) when the barmen's olympics opened in Tokyo.
Leading barmen from 24 countries created a variety of new cocktails on Wednesday (1 November) when the barmen's olympics opened in Tokyo. The International Cocktail Competition--as the event is officially known--is held every two years in conjunction with the biennial congress of the International Bartenders Association. Competing this year, in the 11th such contest, are 65 barmen, mainly from European, Asian and South American countries.
The winner's prize is a "golden cocktail shaker diploma", but the competitors are hoping more that their concoctions will become favourite pre-dinner standards around the world.
SYNOPSIS: This attractive Tokyo building was the site on Wednesday of the start of the international barmen's olympics. The International Cocktail Competition--as the event is officially known--this year involves representatives from 24 countries. The event is held every two years in conjunction with the biennial congress of the International Bartenders Association. In 1969, the olympics were held in Italy. This man, Italian barman Elio Cattaneo, was the winner then with his mixture called "Tutto Si". He was back again this year--but only in place of a fellow Italian representative who couldn't make it.
Each barman's concoction was taken to the judges for the taste test--but only a sip's worth.
One of Japan's representatives in the two-day competition was Yoshiaki Sawai. In all, 65 barmen are taking part this year in the 11th such contest. Most of the competitors are from Europe, Asia and Latin America. Each barmen had to mix enough of his own new cocktail to share equally among the eight international judges.
In addition to flavour, the judges scored the barmen on his style and technique.
Robert De Bona was one of the French competitors.
Canada was also represented.
The winner's prize is a "golden cocktail shaker diploma". But uppermost in the competitors' hearts was the hope that their mixtures would become standard pre-dinner drinks the world over.
There was a special bonus for the guests and Bartenders Association congress delegates watching the contest. The new cocktails were being served free in an adjoining room for those who wished to indulge before lunch.