Two Colorado bartenders have advanced in the Diageo National competition that will take place in June in New York City. Allison Widdecombe and Jason Patz, both of Williams & Graham, competed in a regional round last night in Los Angeles, alongside thirteen other pre-qualified bartenders. Of the fifteen total, only three advanced into the national round.
The bartenders had to impress the judges in three challenges: (1) Ritual theater, a bottle service challenge themed home away from home; (2) Twists on a classic, where the goal was to turn a night drink into a morning one or the other way around; and (3) Speed and efficiency, a quickfire where four cocktails had to be executed in six minutes with precision and grace in service.
The six judge panel of this regional round included Alex Day, co-owner of Death & Co, Eric Alperin of Varnish in Los Angeles and Ricky Gomez, past winner and current ambassador of Diageo.
In its sixth year, the Diageo is a worldwide large cocktail education program in which thousands of bartenders from over 50 countries participate. Each year, one bartender rom the U.S. is named the U.S. Bartender of the Year. That bartender then represents America in the Global Finale that will take place in London in July.
· Diageo World [Official Website]
· Eater Guides: Where to Drink Right Now [EDen]
· Leo's Revenge From Allison Widdecombe of Williams & Graham [EDen]