Kishion Guillaume will be TT’s representative for the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge (GCC) 2018. The ace bartender of La Locanda Italian Restaurant of Fitt Street, Woodbrook, won the local leg of the competition at Angostura’s Corporate Booth, Queen’s Park Oval on Monday.
Guillaume competed against four other top bartenders. Placing second was Shana Rajahram of The Rise Grill and Bar Restaurant located at Rodney Road, Endeavour Road, Chaguanas, while Tyrone Benjamin of Nari’s on the Avenue of Sixth Avenue, Barataria took third place.
Nicholas Mungal and Amit Harding also showed off their mixing skills.
Each competitor had to prepare two cocktails in just seven minutes. For his Amaro Cocktail Guillaume used Amaro di Angostura and Angostura orange bitters for what he called Kaiso, while his Bitter Warrior Rum Cocktail, was a mix of Angostura’s five-year-old rum and Angostura aromatic bitters.
Guillaume has over seven years’ experience in the industry with a Diploma in Culinary Arts as well as a Diploma in Food and Beverage Service.
He was the alternate bartender on the 2016 National Culinary team. A fan of Angostura’s products, he says, “I strongly believe that locals both young and old will grow more to appreciate and enjoy the art and craft of cocktails the same way they enjoy other drinks.”
Guillaume received $10,000 for his effort. The winner of the 2018 challenge will receive US$10,000 and a two-year contract as Angostura’s Global Brand Ambassador.
Judges were Raakesh Madoo of the Trinidad Tourism and Hospitality Institute (TTHTI), Neal Ramdhan, the current GCC winner and Joe Brown, executive chef at Jaffa.