The DRAM Mixxit Bar Apprentice Course 2016, in partnership with Maxxium, has officially kicked off and our 8 contestants are ready to be put to the test for the prize of Bar Apprentice of the Year 2016.
Now in its 10th year, the aim of the course is to extend the apprentices’ cocktail and mixology knowledge and teach them about the history and distillation process of a number of different spirits – all taught by some of the country’s top mixologists.
Not only will the apprenticeship help enhance the skills of those participating, but at the end of the 4-week course the group will be put head to head in a cocktail competition judged by both DRAM and Maxxium.
The winner will be the bartender who exhibits the best performance at this competition combined with the most outstanding progress made throughout the course.
We will be detailing the whole process for DRAM as our reporter Katharine Gemmell will be joining the competition as a quasi-apprentice and blogging about the experience each week.
Our DRAM Mixxit Bar Apprentice of the Year 2016 will be crowned at The Scottish Bar and Pub Award’s glittering ceremony on Tuesday 16th August at The Hilton, Glasgow.
This year’s contestants are: Loren MacGregor from The Busby Hotel, Glasgow; Marc Connelly from The Torrance Hotel, Glasgow; Gavin Millar from Elliot’s, Prestwick; Sandy McNally from Tiki bar, Glasgow; Chris Allen from The Boozy Cow, Aberdeen; Jack Morlin from The Boozy Cow, Edinburgh; Drew Gray from Lulu’s Edinburgh and Joseph Robertson from Tigerlilly, Edinburgh.