Leeds bartender wins NRB 2017 cocktail comp

11th April, 2017 by Annie Hayes

Tom Gedney-Higham of Bibi’s Italianissimo has been crowned the winner of the Northern Restaurant & Bar cocktail competition, sponsored by Whitley Neill Dry Gin – SB presents a showreel of the highlights.

Competitors were asked to submit a cocktail containing a minimum of 35ml of any Whitley Neill Dry Gin inspired by the gin’s South African influence.

On March 21, Gedney-Higham took to the back bar to battle against Bettina Kovacs, Dishoom, Edinburgh; Jenny Griffiths, Ten Mill Lane, Cardiff and Lükas Alberti, Three Six Six Battersea, London.

Gedney-Higham impressed the judges with his creation Terra De Fume – Smoke of the Earth –  which combined Whitley Neill Dry Gin, Aperol, lemongrass and fresh lemon juice, Rooibos and orange syrup, and fresh pressed grapefruit.


Gedney-Higham’s prize includes a VIP trip to South Africa with Whitley Neill.

Click play on the video below to see highlights from the competition.

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