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Manchester barman named world's best gin bartender

By Peter Ruddick , 28-Jun-2013
Last updated on 28-Jun-2013 at 15:30 GMT2013-06-28T15:30:16Z

Jamie Jones, one half of The Liquorists bar consultant team in Manchester, was this month crowned the world's best gin bartender and the G'Vine Gin Connoisseur 2013

Jamie Jones, one half of The Liquorists bar consultant team in Manchester, was this month crowned the world's best gin bartender and the G'Vine Gin Connoisseur 2013

Jamie Jones, one half of Manchester bar consultants The Liquorists, has been named as the world's best gin bartender in an annual, week-long, invitation-only contest held in France earlier this month. 

Jones was crowned G'Vine Gin Connoisseur 2013 at the annual Gin Connoisseur Program (GCP) which is held in Cognac - the home of G'Vine Gin.

Challenges

The barman beat off stiff competition from fellow gin bartenders across the world including Hannah Lanfear from Boisdale in London, Meaghan Dorman from Raines Law Room in New York and Mohammed Irwan Majid from Cut by Wolfgang Puck in Singapore.

Jamie Jones' Summer Ball Cocktail which helped him win the title

"It's absolutely amazing to win this, it hasn't even really sunk in yet" said Jones, immediately after collecting his prize from the panel of GCP judges which included G'Vine founder and master distiller Jean-Sébastien Robicquet. "I'm just so thrilled to have been able to spend the week with such an incredible group of bartenders," he added.

The GCP competition is judged to be one of the toughest bartending contests - participants face a week of seven challenges including tests of knowledge, gin and cocktail trivia quizzes, blind tasting and technical bartending and presentation assessments.

Jones was also named the winner of the Cocktail & Spirit challenge. 

Toughest contest

Although this year's competition attracted hundreds of entries from across the world, the GCP organisers hand-select the participants.

On top of the world: Jamie Jones from The Liquorists Bar in Manchester has been crowned the world's best gin bartender

Organiser and judge Philip Duff said: "There are far too many bartending contests out there now whose success is solely judged by how many bartenders enter. Despite the fact that 500 bartenders enter GCP from around the world each year, GCP has never been about numbers, so starting in 2013 we have decided to choose world finalists through a hand-selection process, picking a dozen or so bartenders to compete in each country.

"This has enabled us not only to retain, but to further increase the GCP's reputation as the toughest and most credible contest in the whole world of bartending," he added.

As part of his prize, Jones will now receive personal training from Duff, a professional workshop in the UK and the chance to co-present seminars with Duff in New Orleans and Berlin.

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