Artesian’s Cuccurullo wins Patrón Perfectionists competitionBy Owen Bellwood
Giulia Cuccurollo, of Artesian in London, has been crowned winner of the 2020 Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition following an impressive global final.
The final of the competition, which took place at Hacienda Patrón, Mexico, saw 21 bartenders from around the world tackle challenges that could earn them a spot in the top seven and the grand final of the contest.
During the grand final, Cuccurullo faced Tobias Linder of Jigger & Spoon, Germany, Switzerland and Austria; Jared Schmidt of Orchard Room, Canada; Jason Hussien Ali of Grand Hyatt Manila; Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia; Sarah Turbett of Oak Standby, New Orleans, US; Willy Park of Alice Cheongdam, Japan and South Korea; and Anneliese Grazioli of Hot Tamale, Australia and New Zealand.
Cuccurullo said: “This entire competition has been a journey I will never forget. I am in awe of all my fellow contestants and the incredible skills that they have showcased throughout the whole competition.
“I feel honoured to be chosen as the global winner with a cocktail that brings together my home away from home, the UK, my origin, Italy, and Mexico, the birthplace of Patrón.
“My cocktail, the Bridge, represents personal stories and bonds and I cannot wait to continue building connections with the help of Patrón Tequila.”
Cuccurullo’s winning cocktail, The Bridge, was a combination of Patrón Silver Tequila, rhubarb cordial, fortified wine blend, tomato water and salt solution.
Matthew Sykes, senior director, global marketing at Patrón Spirits, said: “Every year the bar has been lifted, with some incredible creations and stories that have blown away the judges all around the world – this year is no exception.
“I am consistently impressed by the innovative ways every contestant manages to truly encapsulate the core values of a Perfectionist, all while creating some simply perfect cocktails. The community that we have built across the past five years is the greatest testament to this program.
“We are exceptionally pleased to crown Giulia Cuccurullo as this year’s global winner and she will have made their family, friends and colleagues back in their home country undoubtedly proud. 2020 and beyond will certainly be a journey for Giulia and I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish while continuing the Perfectionists path in the UK and around the world.”
Last year, SB caught up with the 2019 winner of the Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition, Yeray Monforte.