A toast to Portugal's Schweppes Bartender of the Year
His name is João Severino, he works at Aladin Bar at VILA VITA Parc, and he is the 2015 winner of the 3rd Schweppes Challenge, organised by Edições do Gosto, who crowned him Bartended of the Year.
The competition took place on 23 and 24 September, at RADIO Bar, in Oporto, and Severino managed to have the heads up on his opponents.
The competition aims to promote bar professionals in Portugal and their contribution towards the increased quality and variety of cocktail recipes. Upon arrival, each participant received a list of ingredients to create an unprecedented cocktail in 5 minutes, which was presented to the jury and the invitees. The jury was made up of Diego Cabrera, a renowned international bartender, Flavi Andrade, Paulo Gomes and Chef Vítor Matos.
João Severino presented the Fizzy Al-Gharb cocktail, as a homage to his birthplace, the Algarve, which is always an inspiration to his creations.
The entire VILA VITA Parc team is proud and congratulates their talented colleague who, next year, will bring the Schweppes Challenge trophy to VILA VITA Parc. Let´s toast to that!