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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

T.G.I. Friday's World Bartender Championship


The World Bartender Championship represents Friday's®; longstanding heritage, knowledge, expertise and innovation in the beverage industry. The competition began back in the late 80s as a challenge between bartenders and has grown into a full representation of the T.G.I. Friday’s® brand, a leader in the casual dining industry and one of the most recognized brands in the world.

Beginning in August, local competitions are held throughout the world to determine the best bartender at each restaurant. Local winners advance to regional and then division competitions for a chance to compete in the ultimate event - T.G.I. Friday's World Bartender Championship.
Most competitions are open to the public. A list of events can be found under the “Upcoming Competitions” section of the website. The 2011 World Bartender Championship will be held in March 2012.

In March 2010, the new champion, Attila Farmasi from Budapest, Hungary, joined 2009 champ Brian Zachau, and thousands of others around the globe, in the quest to find a global home for the sport of bartending. After beating out nine other finalist hopefuls at the 20th anniversary of Friday's World Bartender Championship, Farmasi was crowned the 2010 World's Greatest Bartender and awarded a prize of $10,000. In addition, Friday's hosted its first "Favorite Bartender" online voting competition, naming Bradley Kaplan from Colorado as this year's Fan Favorite with more than 100,000 consumer votes.


Store: Robinson’s Place, Manila, Philippines

Years with T.G.I. Friday’s: Four years.

Best tip for someone turning 21:  Don’t dwell on the past, thinking what you could have done or should have done. Look ahead, the only time to look behind is in the mirror of your car.

What would winning this competition mean to you?  Being able to showcase my skills to the world through this wonderful competition is more than winning.

If you were a drink what drink would you be? Gold Medalist

Cast your vote each day for your Favorite Bartender below from January 11, 2012 until February 22, 2012 and cheer them on as they gear up for the finals on February 26, 2012.


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