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Ultimate Bartender Championship 2018: Bengaluru boy Vedant Mehra takes the title home

Conducted by Monkey Shoulder, the competition tested bartenders on knowledge, mixing, pouring, nosing, tray service, and round building as well as back of house skills.

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Nine cities and 550 contestants later, Bengaluru’s Vedant Mehra got crowned as India’s Ultimate Bartender at the Ultimate Bartender Championship 2018 organised by Monkey Shoulder. The winner also rode home a fully curated and customized 500cc motorcycle and will now head to the Athens Bar Show with an all expenses paid trip.


“I am over the moon to win this biggest competition possible for me, it is a very big achievement to be the best amongst the best of India. The ultimate bartender championship is an amazing initiative by Monkey Shoulder as it exposed us to international standards of bartending and is taking us to global platforms such as the Athens Bar Show,” said Vedant Mehra after being declared as the winner at the grand finale.


Conducted by Monkey Shoulder, the competition tested bartenders on knowledge, mixing, pouring, nosing, tray service, and round building as well as back of the house skills.


The 2018 season of the championship began in Mumbai, and was followed by Pune, Goa, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Gurgaon, and Chandigarh. Over 550 contestants were judged on their unique techniques, insights, speed and skills behind the bar.


Hosted by Joe Petch, global brand ambassador of Monkey Shoulder, the championship concluded on 28th June 2018 in New Delhi. Monkey Shoulder’s India brand ambassador Pankaj Balachandran and Southeast Asia brand ambassador Jay Gray were also present at the grand finale.


Commenting on the championship, James Pennefather, MD, William Grant & Sons India, 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. We are delighted to see the tremendous success of the India season 2018. This competition truly resonate Monkey shoulder values of versatility and free spiritedness which has made it a preferred drink with bartenders around the world.”



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Sumit Negi

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