62nd Meeting of the International Bartenders Association

Prague – 2013, August 22nd

 

August 17th – 22nd

The 62nd Meeting of the International Bartenders Association

And the 39 World Cocktail Competition in Prague : 

Wonder Women!

The 62nd Meeting of the IBA has just ended after a week of meetings and competitions. 61 countries were gathered in the Czech capital to speak about the advancment of the association created in 1951, and which radiates on the five continents today.

During this meeting, the 39th World cocktail championships (before dinner, sparkling cocktail, fancy cocktail, long drink, after-dinner) and the World championships of flairtending were organized, every country presenting a competitor in both competitions.

More than 500 delegates were gathered in the Hotel Hilton for the event, splendidly organized by the Czech Bartenders Association, leaded by its president Ales Svojanovsky.

Numerous companies of spirits were partner of those championships and the number of the spectators has broken all the records (around 1000 spectators on tuesday afternoon 20th in the main Ballroom). The competitions were broadcasted on the television and could be followed on the web.

After two days of hard challenges during which the competitors were judged in technique and in tasting (aspect, aroma, taste) by the presidents of each association, the results were proclaimed by Derrick Lee, President of the IBA, with a big surprise : the women won 4 gold medals out of 6! Some historical victories!

Before Cocktail Competition : 

1st,  Naomi TAKAHASHI – JAPAN

2nd, Francisco Javier LUCAS – SPAIN

3rd, Kristo TOMINGAS – ESTONIA

 

Sparkling Cocktail Competition : 

1st,  Greta GRÖNHOLM – FINLAND

2nd, Guomundur SIGTRYGGSON – ICELAND

3rd, Piotr SZCZYPTA – POLAND

 

Fancy Cocktail Competition : 

1st,  Deirdre BYRNE – IRELAND

2nd, Juan BERRUTTI – URUGUAY

3rd, Jessie Ray CLASICAS – PHILIPPINES

 

Long Drink Competition : 

1st, Panagiotis GKOVATSOS – GREECE

2nd, Stephanie SIEBER – AUSTRIA

3rd, Teng CHI-CHU – TAÏWAN

 

After Dinner Competition : 

1st, Irina STEFANIDI – CYPRUS

2nd, Tudor Alexandru VALENTIN – ROMANIA

3rd, Martin VOGELTANZ – CZECH REPUBLIK

 

Flairtending Competition

1st, Marek POSLUSZNY – POLAND

2nd, Vaclav ABRAHAM – CZECH REPUBLIC

3rd, Mihaylov TIHOMIR – BULGARIA

 

During the Gala Dinner (Wednesday 31st), those winners were gathered together for the ultimate round : the superfinal of the World Cocktail Competition, the flairtending champion competing just making his cocktail.

 

4 women and two guys … Finally, Greta GRÖNHOLM from Finland was proclaimed “IBA Champion of the year 2013”. She would fly the IBA’s flag during all the next year. Poland has got the Team Prize; Srdan Perisic of Croatia, the IBA Prestige Award; Kristo Tomingas of Estonia, the IBA Art Deco Trophy; Jamaïca Sunshine Alfonso Sy of Singapore, the IBA Cocktail DNA Cup.

 

Next year, the 63rd Meeting will take place in Cape Town, in South Africa, under the responsibility of the association of the South African bartenders (Pdt Etienne Schlechter) – September 29th to October 4th. New countries will be there because the IBA family gets bigger every year: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Latvia, Chile,Moldova are at this time observers.

 

 

 

Before Dinner Cocktail Competition

Gold Medal

 

Naomi TAKAHASHI

JAPAN

“Wisteria”

. 4 cl Havana Club Anejo 3 anos

. 1,5 cl Pavan

. 0.5 cl Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

. 1 cl Martini Extra Dry

Mixing Glass

Glass : Libbey Spksy N° 14006

 

 

Sparkling Cocktail Competition 

Gold Medal

 

Greta GRÖNHOLM 

FINLAND

“My Green Summer”

. 2 cl Grey Goose La Poire

. 2 cl Routin 1883 Green A pple

. 10 cl Martini Pro Secco DOC

. 3 barspoon Routin 1883  Fruit de la passion

. 1 barspoon Finest Call Lime Juice

. 1 barspoon Monin Cucumber

Mixing Glass

Glass : Libbey Perception Coupe N° 3055

 

 

Fancy Cocktail Competition 

Gold Medal

 

Deirdre BYRNE

IRELAND

“My Green Summer”

. 2 cl Grey Goose La Poire

. 2 cl Routin 1883 Green A pple

. 10 cl Martini Pro Secco DOC

. 3 barspoon Routin 1883  Fruit de la passion

. 1 barspoon Finest Call Lime Juice

. 1 barspoon Monin Cucumber

Shaker

Glass : Libbey Perception Coupe N° 3055

 

 

Long Drink Competition 

Gold Medal

 

Panagiotis GKOVATSOS

GREECE

“Skyfall 2”

. 4 cl Grey Goose La Poire

. 3 cl Giffard Pampl’Hibiscus

. 4 cl Finest Call Passion Fruit Purée

. 2 cl Monin Pink Grapefruit

. 3 cl fresh lime juice

. 3 cl Perrier

Shaker

Glass : Libbey Endessa Beverage N° 3482VCP35

 

After Dinner Cocktail Competition 

Gold Medal

 

Irina STEFANIDI

CYPRUS

“Temptation”

. 3 cl De Kuyper Triple Sec

. 1,5 cl Monin Raspberry Liqueur

. 1,5 cl Monin Chocolate Cookie

. 1,5 cl Monin Hibiscus

. 0,5 cl fresh lime juice

. 4 cl Caraïbos Red Cranberry Nectar

Shaker

Glass : Libbey SPKSY Champagne N° 17006

 

Flair tending Competition 

Gold Medal

 

Marek POSLUSZNY

POLAND

“Green Peace”

. 4 cl Bacardi Superior

. 1,5 cl Midori

. 1,5 cl Monin Estragon

. 2 cl Monin Pink Grapefruit

. 1 cl Monin Kiwi

. 2 cl fresh lime juice

Shaker

Glass : Durobor Glam 2928/25

 

 

World Cocktail Competition 

Official Supporters 2013 :

Bacardi, Bohemia Sekt, Branca Unico, Caraïbos, Cuarenta y Tres 43, De Kuyper, Durobor, Fabbri, Finest Call, Giffard, Grand Marnier, Havana Club,  Libbey, Mattoni, Monin, Perrier, Philibert Routin 1883, Suntory 

 

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Photos copyright France Bouis / Le Shaker

 

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