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Hong Kong’s Ching wins Beefeater MIXLDN 6

Hong Kong bartender Timothy Ching has been crowned winner of the sixth annual Beefeater MIXLDN cocktail competition following a hard-fought final in London.

Timothy Ching (right) and Desmond Payne (left)

Ching impressed a panel of judges during a number of competitive rounds that took place over the course of three days last week.

His cocktail – Please Sir I Want More – clinched the top accolade during Beefeater MIXLDN’s grand final at The Bike Shed in Shoreditch, fighting off competition from 31 other finalists.

The competition tasked bartenders from around the world to create a cocktail using either Beefeater London Dry or Beefeater 24, taking inspiration from films set in London.

The judging panel consisted of Desmond Payne, master distiller of Beefeater; Evelyn Chick, global champion of Beefeater MIXLDN 2015; Sandrae Lawrence, editor of The Cocktail Lovers; and Nathan O’Neill, head bartender at Nomad NY.

Judges selected eight finalists to present their signature Beefeater cocktails to guests, who then voted for their favourite.

“It has been a hard-fought competition to get here and now, having beat all in attendance at this year’s final, we are delighted to award Timothy Ching the title of global champion of MIXLDN 6,” said Payne.

“Bringing together an overwhelmingly talented and passionate group from the international on-trade community, it has been a privilege to watch these bartenders battle behind the bar.”

Ching will now have the opportunity to craft a limited edition Beefeater gin in collaboration with Payne.

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