Ealrier this week, our friends at premium cognac brand, Rémy Martin, held their Bartender Academy Talent event at Mesh Club in Rosebank. Guests, including ourselves, bore witness as top bartenders from around the country showcased their signature cocktails in front of guest judges and the live audience in hope of coming out on top.
During this evening, the six bartenders from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban took the stage to make their special signature Rémy Martin cocktails and talk through the inspiration behind it. At the end of the night, George Hunter from Marble in Johannesburg won the first prize, with second place going to David van Zyl from Cause & Effect in Cape Town, and Ryan Ontong from Gorgeous George, also in Cape Town, coming in third.
In October, George will be flying out to France to compete at the Remy Martin Bartender Talent Academy and represent South Africa against the world’s best bartenders nation-wide. George is a true mixologist at heart and we have no doubt he will truly represent South Africa well in France. This is the third year that Remy Martin has run its global Bartender Talent Academy, the first which was won by South Africa’s very own Julian Sohrt from Sin + Tax.