AFTER RIGOROUS months of searching for the best cocktail by mixologists countrywide, the curtain fell last night when Bruce Dorfling from KwaZulu-Natal, was announced as 2018 Patrón Perfectionists competition winner.
Bruce who owns the Lucky Shaker Bar in Umhlanga, sensationally outsmarted other five mixologists at the national finals held at Mootee Bar, Melville last night.
He will jet-off to Mexico for world finals in 2019.
The competition is aimed at uniting barmen in the quest to create the best cocktail and guess what, we galloped every cocktail prepared by the contestants, in the quest to convince Judges.
“I’m happy for myself for winning because convincing those Judges was hard. The contestants were also on top of their games that it made more difficult to tell who would be the winner,” said Bruce animatedly.
Going forward will start preparing my secret cocktail recipe for Mexico and who knows, I might add a bit of muti concoction who knows, he said jokingly.
Other finalists included Aidan Powrie, Peter Lebese and Cassandra Eichhoff from Western Cape, Justin Bester and Alex da Fonseca- Gauteng.
“We are very excited at the calibre of entries we received and anticipated a difficult call in picking a winner. Patrón is synonymous with craftsmanship is all about attention to detail and pride in the perfection process, so we are proud of the submissions we have narrowed it down to with some of the countries best,” commented Patrón Director, International Marketing, Matthew Sykes.
Lebese, whom many thought would take the prize owing to his engagement and ‘free-styling’ with guests wished Bruce well in Mexico.
“He did exceptionally well and although he won, for me it’s a privilege for being part of this exercise and interacting, sharing ideas with them, it was like a family,” gushed the dread-locked Lebese from Thee Gentleman Bar, Cape Town.