Spring has sprung. That means it’s time to start registering for another round of a-list competitions. Bombay’s Most Imaginative Bartender and Patron’s Perfectionists both opened their application process this week. And, anyone hoping for a Spirited Award from Tales has only one day left to get their app together.
Last year was the inaugural year for Patrón’s Perfectionists competition in the US. However, the contest had already built up an international following at that point. This year, the US will return as one of 32 nations in the cocktail showdown.
“Having reached the fifth year of this competition, it is a testament to the ever-increasing creativity of bartenders across the world and a consistent interest in demonstrating their passion through Patrón Tequila, said Patrón Spirits International CMO Lee Applbaum in a statement. “I am so looking forward to seeing how the entrants this year will showcase the craftsmanship and sheer perfection that goes into every bottle of Patrón Tequila.”
This competition is pretty straightforward. Create a Patrón based recipe and fill out the application. A judging panel then picks semifinalists who advance to regionals. Out of that group, 12 finalists are selected.
The official criteria for judging explain, “Only bartenders with the best flavors, skills and bar swagger will prevail.” Pay careful attention to that swagger. Many a competitor have learned that competitions are an audition for a public speaking role. So, the show is often just as important as the drink itself.
The finalists ultimately convene at Patrón’s hacienda in Mexico to square off for the title of “perfectionist.” The winner will land a job promoting Patrón for the next year.
The event is co-sponsored by Patrón and the USBG.
You can register here.
Time is running out for the craft cocktail world’s most prestigious awards. Nominations for Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards ends on Monday (5.13) at 11:59pm CST.
“The Spirited Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars for the bar world and we are thrilled for our nominees who represent many of the best and brightest in our business,” said Neal Bodenheimer, Board Member of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “We are excited to shine a light on the hard working and talented people who have made a meaningful impact on their peers and communities this year.”
Hurry up and nominate someone (or yourself) today!
Bombay’s Most Imaginative Bartender
Now entering its 13th year, Bombay’s MIB is a little different than its peers on the top tier of the competition circuit. The focus here is really about creativity (and representing the brand well) above all else.
Entry is open to working bartender above the age of 25-years-old. The first step is to create a recipe using Bombay Sapphire as well as a 90 second video explaining the drink and its inspiration.
The recipes (40% of total score) will be judged on originality (10 points), Imagination (25 points), and Concept/Story (5 points). The video (60% of final score) will be judged on Imagination (25 points), Presentation (15 points), Concept/Story (15 points), and Knowledge of Bombay Sapphire gin (5 points).
100 Preliminary Semifinalists will be chosen to advance to the next round. In another unique twist, the judges will visit the semifinalists at their home-bar and order two servings of the entered drink during normal business hours. (So, yes, competitions are abstract and employ obscure ingredients, but MIB wants to see if you can actually execute during a ‘real-life’ situation.)
The Preliminary SemiFinals will use the following criteria in judging: Hospitality (15 points), Balance (10 points), Flavor (10 points), Imagination 20 points), and Appearance (5 points).
Of the 100 competitors in the previous round, 36 will advance to the Regional SemiFinals where they will go head-to-head live with their creations in September.
12 Finalists will emerge from that round. Their reward will include a trip to Bombay’s distillery in Laverstoke Mill, England as well as a $5k stipend to develop a creative concepts based on any form of art.
Finally, the contestants will gather in Chicago to present the fruit of their labors. The winner will walk away with $10K from the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and $25k from Bombay (earmarked to develop their creative project) as well as a ton of media appearances.
You can read all the fine print and find the link for entry here.