Licor 43 names 16 Most Passionate Bartender finalists

23rd October, 2017 by Amy Hopkins

The grand final of Spanish liqueur brand Licor 43’s World’s Most Passionate Bartender 2017 competition will kick off in Barcelona this week.

The grand final of The World’s Most Passionate Bartender competition will take place this week

Launched for the first time this year, the World’s Most Passionate Bartender competition invites bartenders from all over the world to “demonstrate their passion” with an original Licor 43 cocktail.

On Wednesday this week (25 October), finalists will go head-to-head to battle for the title of Licor 43’s World’s Most Passionate Bartender 2017, in the hope of winning a luxurious trip to Spain for two. In addition, the winner’s serve will be named the official cocktail of the competition and will feature on Licor 43’s website.

Having previously won their national preliminary contests, 16 finalists (full list below) will undergo a series of challenges to showcase their skills, individuality and passion.

The finalists hail from from Brazil, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, the UK, Mexico, Australia, Colombia, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium and Finland. A finalist representing the European Bartender School has also been selected.

The World’s Most Passionate Bartender was launched after a global study in collaboration with Kantar Millward Brown showed that consumers around the globe appreciate passion as a key attribute in waiters and bartenders while dining out and drinking.

“The goal of our brand is to share a drop of Spanish passion with the rest of the world,” said Julian Fernandez Estevez, global marketing director at Licor 43.

“This is something especially prevalent in the hospitality industry, which is why we have organised this international bartending competition. We believe the finalists portray this exceptionally well and look forward to seeing who will take home the crown.”

The finalists in the competition are:

Rasmus Greve Christiansen, Denmark

Dein Dumancic, Austria

Pierre Daen, Belgium

Joop Smeets The Netherlands

Lucas Carlsson, Sweden

Leland Morrison, Canada

Laércio de Souza Silva, Brazil

Miguel Angel Espitia Chacón, Colombia

Mitchell Harris, Australia

Aleksandra Ignjatovic, Switzerland

Laura Rasi, Finland

Martin Kramer, Germany

Joe Derek Macbeth, UK

Mario Ayala Hernández, Mexico

Dimitar Vasilev, European Bartender School

Charles Joel Olsson, Norway

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