Bartender represents UAE at Monin Cup finals in Paris
Kathlene Magday from Mint Leaf of London won the UAE heats of the Monin Cup. She fought off 15 other finalists, whittled down from more than 70 registrations, from across venues in the country, including Burj Al Arab, Fairmont hotels, Waldorf Astoria, Grosvenor House Dubai, and more.
Her winning cocktail was called â€˜The Black Jackâ€™ and was an Absinthe cocktail created using Moninâ€™s green apple syrup along with Hapsburg, Jack Danielâ€™s honey, Â lemon juice and ginger. The first runner up was Stephan Mases from Burj Al Arab, while the second runner up position went to Ankush Kondal from JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai.
Representing the UAE at the Monin Cup final in Paris
The first event, which was held at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, had a panel of six judges: Moninâ€™s Andrea Fidora (head judge); Zuma bar manager Jimmy Barrat (sensory judge); Fresh Express brand manager Lasanthi de Silva (sensory judge); Atelier M bar manager Tomas Dundulis (sensory judge); MMI beverage training manager Nick Ord (sensory judge); Jose Cuervo brand ambassador Hirman Asnadi (technical judge); Patiala bar manager Archie Avinante (technical judge). The Monin Cup is a competition that brings together professional bartenders competing through creating the best recipes using Monin products, based on a cocktail and Â a mocktail. The bartenders must be younger than 27 years of age, as the “French firm is keen to highlight the next generation of talented and passionate bartenders”.
Paris, December 2014, The Finals!
Last week, Kath travelledÂ to the International finals in Paris in order to represent the Emirates in the final leg of the competition. The team at Hapsburg are proud of Kath for making it to the final stages of the competition and winning the first round in the Europe and Middle East category. All 36 participants and many spectators watched Kath at the Electric Roof Top in Paris, and witnessed herÂ outstanding performance. The first rounds themeÂ was to create short drink that would represent the country of origin in terms of flavor and appearance.
Kath’s wonderful concoction of Hapsburg Absinthe , Elijah Craig Bourbon, MoninÂ Rose Syrup, and cold pressed apple juice together with the beautiful and unique presentation secured Kath first place out ofÂ Â 33 other country representative winners!
With highest score overall in the firstÂ round she lead Â over anotherÂ five people andÂ against winners of Asian Monin Cup. Unfortunately Kath’s luckÂ changed in theÂ second round and she didn’t go through to the finals.This years prizeÂ goes to the representative Â fromÂ theÂ Ukraine. Congratulations to all the Winners on their performances and to MoninÂ on aÂ greatÂ competition!
Well done Kath from the team at Hapsburg Absinthe and the brand owners at Wine and Spirit International Ltd!