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Kiwi named finalist in Jameson Black Barrel Bartender Series Competition 2024

Jameson has announced the Top 10 Finalists of the annual Jameson Black Barrel Bartender Series 2024 competition.

Winning €500 each and a once-in-a-lifetime three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Ireland to attend the
Jameson HOSTS Global Summit, the Regional Winners, announced last week, were judged based on
how their entry championed their local cultures and communities, in addition to how they have created
a unique, regionally inspired cocktail using Jameson Black Barrel.

Inspired by their local bar culture, this year’s cocktail entries employed regional ingredients from across the globe, including Zambia’s Mabuyu Fruit, Kazakhstan’s Kumiss (fermented mare’s milk drink), Bali’s Mangosteen, Bulgaria’s Smyliyan Beans, Thai Macapuno coconut and even fallen leaves from a tree in New Zealand.

Winning efforts also drew inspiration from their local food culture and trends, such as Australia’s Vanilla Slice, Wales’ Welsh Cakes, Swiss Chocolate and Malaysia’s Kaya Toast.

The final 10, hand selected from the Regional Winners by global judges Danil Nevsky [Indie Bartender,
Spain], Priyanka Blah [The Dram Attic, India] and Ethan Liu [CMYK, China] are:

Melanie Hack from Australia
Borty Jessika from Indonesia
Yu Kajitani from Ireland
Vladimir Reitenbakh from Kazakhstan
Rohan Matmary from Malaysia
Andrea Maseglia from New Zealand
Linus Schwaerzler from Switzerland
Parbun Bunragsatrakul from Thailand
Josh Black from the U.K, and
Natasha Sinkala from Zambia.

Each of the Final 10 will compete in the Grand Final at the Jameson HOSTS Global Summit in September,
to secure one of three ‘Global Champion’ titles.

The final will be judged by a live taste test of their cocktails, which will be anonymously evaluated by 100+ global bar community members, including the rest of the Regional Winners in a unique peer-judging process.

The final three Global Champions will win an additional €5000 each and gain access to the first-ever
Jameson Black Barrel Bartender Series mentorship programme.

Comprising one on one in-person and virtual sessions, the new for 2024 mentorship programme will allow each individual winner unique access to industry giants such as hospitality consultant Danil Nevsky, bar owners Ezra Star and Beckaly Franks, and summit curator Remy Savage, to discuss topics from brand building to social media strategy and team culture development.

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