Search for India’s Ultimate Bartender reaches Delhi

Top 4 winners with Pankaj Balachandran
Top 4 winners with Pankaj Balachandran

Monkey Shoulder, a scotch for the new generation of whisky aficionados, brings the 2018 season of ‘Ultimate Bartender Championship’ to India.  This competition is on a  journey across the country challenging bartending ‘skills that pay the bills.’

The India leg of the championship which began in Mumbai, has moved to Delhi from Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Goa, will be followed by Gurgaon, and Chandigarh. The contest was hosted by the Monkey Shoulder India Brand Ambassador, Pankaj Balachandran over a daylong session on bartending skills of ingredient knowledge, mixing, pouring, and nosing and stock taking. The participants were tested on their unique techniques, insights, speed and skills behind the bar. This year, the competition has 550 contestants from the various parts of India competing for a spot to go to the most sought after and top notch Global industry event, The Athens Bar Show. The winner also takes home a very exclusive ride with a fully curated and customised 500 CC Bike.

Tanka Gurung won the Delhi round of the Ultimate Bartender Championship by Monkey Shoulder held at Studio XO Bar,  today. The competition brought together the most talented bartenders of the city with a showcase of their prowess and art of bartending. Commenting on his win Tanka said, “ I am delighted to win the Delhi round of the ultimate bartender championship by competing with the best bartenders of the capital city of India. A big thank you to Monkey Shoulder for holding such a competition to test our skills..” 

Tanka Gurung, Chirag Pal, Vineet Kumar  and  Ankur Kashyap will go for the India Grand finale on 28 June 2018 at New Delhi. The national winner of the grand finale will gain a coveted place in the world’s most prestigious Industry event, Athens Bar Show with an all expenses paid trip and a customized 500 CC Motorcycle.

Commenting on this championship, Pankaj Balachandran, Brand Ambassador Monkey Shoulder said, "We are committed to empowering our friends in the bartender community to deliver memorable consumer experiences. A high energy industry event, it promises to lift all bartending parameters that make it an epic competition. Monkey Shoulder is 100% malt made for mixing. This competition resonate the Monkey shoulder values of versatility and free spirited smoothness which has made it a preferred drink with bartenders around the world.”

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