Simone Rossi Takes Title Of Disaronno Mixing Star 2015

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Following a tightly fought contest, Simone Rossi from Aqua, London has been crowned winner of this year’s Disaronno Mixing Star competition. His winning serve, The Innkeeper, was praised for its beautiful flavour combinations, along with the way in which the drink was presented.

The final, which was held at Nightjar in Shoreditch yesterday, witnessed ten of the on-trade’s most creative bartenders serve up some impressive Disaronno cocktails. Judging the contest were brand ambassador Rod Eslamieh, The Artesian’s Simone Caporale, Gary Sharpen of The Cocktail Lovers and 2014 Mixing Star finalist, Adrian Gomes. The judges based their scores on taste, technique, performance, presentation and knowledge of Disaronno.

The finalists were:

Simone Rossi – Aqua (London)
Giacomo Di Matteo – The Groucho Club (London)
Federico Pavan – Salvatore at Playboy (London)
Federico Gisbert Johnson – Hawksmoor Guildhall (London)
James Bowker – The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge (Birmingham)
William Wilson – Palm Sugar Lounge (Leeds)
Joe Macbeth – Rub Smokehouse & Bar (Nottingham)
Joe Nelson – Amicus Apple (Aberdeen)
Stephen Rutherford – Orchid (Aberdeen)
Ehren Khoo-Steel – The Blind Pig (Jersey)

Simone Rossi has won an all-expenses paid trip to the world’s premier drinks festival, Tales of the Cocktail. Runner up, James Bowker of The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge in Birmingham won an overnight stay at The Langham Hotel, including dinner and drinks at The Artesian for two.

This was the fifth year in which Disaronno has held its Mixing Star competition. This year witnessed the largest number of entries yet, with almost 200 applicants.

Disaronno Announces Elite Lineup For Mixing Star Final

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Disaronno has announced its finalists for the 2015 Mixing Star competition. This year’s top ten line up of bartenders have created some exceptionally impressive recipes which will be served up at the London final at Nightjar on 1st June. The finalists are confirmed as:

  • Simone Rossi – Aqua (London)
  • Giacomo Di Matteo – The Groucho Club (London)
  • Federico Pavan – Salvatore at Playboy (London)
  • Federico Gisbert Johnson – Hawksmoor Guildhall (London)
  • James Bowker – The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge (Birmingham)
  • William Wilson – Palm Sugar Lounge (Leeds)
  • Joe Macbeth – Rub Smokehouse & Bar (Nottingham)
  • Joe Nelson – Amicus Apple (Aberdeen)
  • Stephen Rutherford – Orchid (Aberdeen)
  • Ehren Khoo-Steel – The Blind Pig (Jersey)

The 10 finalists will battle it out for the Mixing Star title and the top prize – an all-expenses paid trip to the world’s premier drinks festival, Tales of the Cocktail. The competition will be a two-part process, involving peer judging as well as bartenders taking the stage one-by-one to showcase their serve.

The 2015 finalists were selected by Disaronno Mixing Star judging panel; UK brand ambassador Rod Eslamieh, The Artesian’s Simone Caporale, Gary Sharpen of The Cocktail Lovers and 2014 Mixing Star finalist, Adrian Gomes.

Disaronno Raises The Bar With 2015 Mixing Star

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Italian liqueur, Disaronno has launched the search for the UK’s next Mixing Star and introduced an exciting new prize to attract more bartenders than ever to the UK leg of its global cocktail competition.

Talented bartenders who create inspired recipes using Disaronno will compete to win an all-expenses paid trip to New Orleans for the world’s premier cocktail festival and legendary industry event, Tales of the Cocktail. The runner up will win a night at The Langham hotel, London, including dinner and cocktails for two at ‘The World’s Best Bar’, the Artesian.

To enter, bartenders will need to submit an original Disaronno cocktail recipe via The Mixing Star website. An esteemed panel of judges, including Gary Sharpen of The Cocktail Lovers magazine and Disaronno’s UK brand ambassador, Rod Eslamieh will then select the best recipes and the successful contestants will compete at the live challenges in Manchester and London this June.

The bartender who receives the highest score from both the judging panel and the guests who attend the live challenges will win the coveted prize and fly to the USA to join the Mixing Star winners from across the globe.

Disaronno’s Mixing Star will be supported via the new website, a digital media campaign, PR and targeted advertising. The competition is open now and bartenders can enter here – http://www.themixingstar.com