Flor de Caña’s bartender advocacy programme “Rum Frontiers” will come to a pinnacle this month with the leading lights of the bar trade and their aspiring protégées competing to win the trip of a lifetime to Nicaragua – the home of the award winning single estate rum.
13 leading bartenders from a selection of London’s leading establishments were invited to take part in the Rum Frontiers mentorship programme – a cocktail competition with a difference. Each was asked to nominate three bartenders whom they would mentor through training and mixology while learning about the heritage and craft of the family owned brand.
The mentors and their aspiring bartenders will come together for the London final, set to be hosted at the old ticketing hall of Shoreditch Station on Wednesday 2nd March. As part of a showcase of Central American hospitality and the spirit of Nicaragua, the finalists will compete in front of peers and industry guests while the finest award winning Flor de Caña rums will be served alongside incredible cocktails from Matt Whiley (Talented Mr Fox), a selection of Nicaraguan street food and a soundtrack of the finest Latin house music.
As the leading rum brand in Central America the Nicaraguan Embassy is an active partner of Flor de Caña Rum Frontiers, and Nicaragua’s Ambassador to the UK, Her Excellency Guisell Morales-Echaverry, joined the mentors to explain the importance of the rum brand to her country. She commented on the launch of Rum Frontiers saying, “Nicaragua is defined by three things – lakes, volcanoes, and Flor de Caña”. The rum is more than just a famous export, she explained. It is woven into the very fabric of her country.
Rum Frontiers Mentor Finalists
Max Chater – Consultant
Liam Cotter – Consultant
Francois Bertrand – Marc Group
Joseph Lewis, White – The Savoy
Tiago Mira – The Ritz
Constanca Corderio – Peg + Partriot
Russel Burgess – Loves Company
Georgi Radev – Mahiki
Elliot Ball – Cocktail Trading Co
Danillo Tersigni – Mr Fogs
Fillipo Previero – Cahoots
Tizano Tazzo – Zuma
Spenser Large – Jamie Oliver Group