Winners Announced At The Chairman’s Reserve Cocktail Competition At The Northern Restaurant and Bar Show

Chairman's Reserve Final

Wednesday the 19th saw the final of the Chairman’s Reserve Cocktail Competition, staged at the Drinks Live Theatre in the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show in Manchester which, with over 250 exhibitors and 50 tastings and events, has become the largest food and drink trade exhibition in the North.

With an expert judging panel in Mark Ludmon, Editor of Bar Magazine, Lyndon Higginson of The Liars Club, Manchester and Scott Wallace of Emporia Brands, each judge looked for knowledge on the Chairman’s Reserve brand, the appearance and presentation of the drink, the aromas of the cocktail and finally how it tasted.

Six bartenders were invited down to the main stage to recreate their drink, after being selected from the initial entries by Peter Holland of The Floating Rum Shack, and Steven James of Rum Diaries.

Impressing the three judges, and winning himself a trip to St Lucia as the guest of St Lucia Distillers, was Adam Binnersley of Corridor #UnderNewManagement, Salford. His recipe, ‘Chairman’s Moo’, utilising Chairman’s Reserve Finest, Briottet fig, honey and pistachio syrup, Angostura Bitters and buttermilk fought off stiff competition from his fellow competitors. His presentation also made headlines, utilising a ‘cow’ to help serve his drink.

Thom Hetherington, MD of Northern Restaurant & Bar, said “This show is all about celebrating the best of the Northern food and drink world, and in Adam I think we have an absolute star. I don’t doubt he’ll hold his own in St Lucia!” Hetherington added “Needless to say I’ll be in to see him at Corridor #UnderNewManagement and put the Chairman’s Moo to the test for myself very soon”.

Despite only advertising the one opportunity to win a trip to St Lucia, the judges mentioned that it was an incredibly close call between first and second, so it was decided by James Rackham, Chairman of Emporia Brands, the UK Distributor of St Lucia Distillers, that second placed Tom Higham of Kosmonaut would also be joining Adam to St Lucia. His ‘Luciana Helena’ had a mix of Chairman’s Reserve Finest, pineapple and sage syrup, smoked paprika syrup, lime, egg white and Peychaud bitters.

Host and organiser of the competition Dave Marsland, aka Drinks Enthusiast and Northern Representative of Emporia Brands, mentioned “It’s great to see that the entries were so close that we are able to take two winners to St Lucia. They both join me for what will be an incredible experience, and we look forward to representing Manchester!”

A huge congratulations to both Adam and Tom, who will be visiting St Lucia later in the year and experience rum training at the distinguished distillery, and the chance to share expertise with the island’s enthusiastic bartenders, as well as plenty of opportunity to find out why the beautiful island of St Lucia is one of the world’s favourite Caribbean destinations.

Finalists Included:

Emma Andrew – 99 Hanover Street Bar, Edinburgh
Amir Javaid – Epernay, Manchester
Adrian Calderbank – The Church Green, Lymm
Adam Binnersley – Corridor, Salford
Adam Day – The Violet Hour, Didsbury
Tom Higham – Kosmonaut, Manchester

Chairman’s Moo – created by Adam Binnersley, Corridor #UnderNewManagment

40 ml Chairman’s Reserve
10 ml Briottet Fig
15 ml Honey and Pistachio Syrup
Angostura Bitters
50 ml Buttermilk

Luciana Helena – created by Tom Higham, Kosmonaut

50 ml Chairman’s Reserve Finest
30 ml Pineapple and sage shrub
15 ml Smoke paprika syrup
25 ml Lime
Dash of Egg white
Dash Peychauds Bitters

CHAIRMAN’S RESERVE OFFER THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME AT THE NORTHERN RESTAURANT AND BAR SHOW

Chairman's Reserve

A visit to St Lucia is the prize for the winner of the Chairman’s Reserve Cocktail Competition, to be staged at The Northern Restaurant and Bar Show in Manchester on Wednesday 19th March at 3:15pm.

Bartenders should register their recipe by Friday 28th February, with the organiser Dave Marsland aka Drinks Enthusiast, who is working alongside Emporia Brands, the distributors for the St Lucia Distillers based rum here in the UK.

Competitors will be asked to submit to Dave one drink. The recipe must contain at least 25 ml of Chairman’s Reserve Finest St Lucia rum, with thereafter a free-reign to create a unique cocktail worthy of the grand prize. You will have a maximum time limit of 5 minutes on stage in which to re-create your cocktail for the judging panel.

The winner will visit St Lucia as the guest of St Lucia Distillers, who beat off the challenge from the world’s finest malt whisky and cognac distilleries to take the trophy for Individual Distiller of the Year at the International Spirits Challenge 2013. The visit will include rum training at this distinguished distillery, and the chance to share expertise with the island’s enthusiastic bartenders, as well as plenty of opportunity to find out why the beautiful island of St Lucia is one of the world’s favourite Caribbean destinations.

A member of the judging panel this year will be rum Captain, Lyndon Higginson of The Liars Club, Manchester, who enjoyed the last trip over to St Lucia. “The last time I judged a Chairman’s Reserve Cocktail Competition, the weather was a bit warmer than Manchester in March, and the entrants were so enthusiastic following training sessions with us.  I am already envious of the winner, who will enjoy the Chairman’s XI experience in St Lucia later this year, visiting a world class distillery and meeting some great people.”

Entrants should email Dave Marsland at drinks_enthusiast@yahoo.co.uk with their recipe by midnight on Friday 28th February. Judges will pick their 5 favourites and their creators will be invited to demonstrate them at the Drinks Live stage at the Northern Restaurant and Bar Show. The following information is required within your submission:

Your name
Name and location of your work
Email address
Contact phone number
Cocktail name
Glassware
Ingredients in ml
Garnish

Chairman’s Reserve Finest St Lucia rum and basic bar equipment will be supplied at the final, with all other ingredients, garnishes and glassware to be provided by the competitor.

Judges will be scoring for knowledge on the Chairman’s Reserve brand, the appearance and presentation of the drink, the aromas of your cocktail and finally how it tastes.

The top 5 entrants will be contacted on March 5th and invited down to the final on March 19th.