Pat will now compete at the World Cocktail Competition to be held in Warsaw, Poland, next October. He also won the Fancy Cocktail category for his creation ‘Guncotton Mark II’.
He also won a category winner’s medal and certificate, a Dublin Crystal vase and all travel with full board and expenses covered for the five days in Warsaw at the World Championships organised by the International Bartenders Association.
With nearly 60 entries received, the Edward Dillon & Co-sponsored competition was organised by Declan Byrne who acted as MC for the competition, assisted by a large team of BAI members.
Special Guest Judges included UK Bartenders Guild (UKBG) President Daniel Crebesse and UKBG National Administrator Jim Slavin along with national judges Irish Guild of Sommeliers’ Oliver Murtagh, BAI President Andrew O’Gorman, Ciara McCahey, Martin Meade and John Tynan.
The competition was divided into four categories: Pre-Dinner Cocktail, Long Drink, Fancy Cocktail and After Dinner cocktail. The best two cocktails, as decided by points awarded by the judges, entered into a head-to-head final with each category having one winner.
The eight finalists were:
Andrew O’Reilly, Harry’s Bar, Dublin (Fancy Cocktail)
Patrick Thomas, Lost Society, Dublin (Fancy Cocktail) – Category & Overall Winner
Chris Crowley, The East Village, Cork (Pre-Dinner)
Vitor Olivera, Mantra, Kildare (Pre-Dinner) – Category Winner
Greg Kwasny, Harry’s Bar, Dublin (After Dinner)
Roberto Espinosa, Gresham Hotel, Dublin (After Dinner) – Category Winner
Michal Stankiewicz, Blue Haven Hotel, Cork (Long Drink)
Lukasz Wojcik, FXB’s, Co Dublin (Long Drink) – Category Winner