Today, we’re showing support to one of our very talented Resort Mixologists, Jan Kosler who has been participating in ‘Bols Around The World 2015’ (BATW) which is one of the world’s largest and most significant cocktail competitions. Here, Jan explains a little more about the competition…
I've recently completed the last challenge of Bols Around the World 2015, so it’s all done now and I will wait for the professional judges to decide who will go through to the global final in Amsterdam - I am currently ranked 6th in the UK region and in the top 100 in the world.
My name is Jan Kosler and I am passionate about cocktail mixology and bartending. I’ve worked at Celtic Manor since October 2011, where I am ‘Resort Mixologist’, which is effectively Head Bartender of all bars across The Celtic Manor Resort. I'm 25 years old and come from the Czech Republic where I studied Hotel Management, and I’ve worked in hotels and bars in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, France and the UK.
BATW is one of the world's largest and most prestigious cocktail competitions and this year there are around 7,000 bartenders competing. The competitors are split into 16 regions depending on the country they represent, and they are set 12 creative challenges over 12 weeks to test all aspects of their bartending skills, from creating new and innovative cocktails, to rapport with guests, bar knowledge and speed tests. Each competitor is assessed by professional judges who will then decide the regional champions that will go on to represent their home region in the global final in Amsterdam.
View Jan's competition profile here
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