There was an impressive list of 42 entrants from 28 bars around the city all vying to be crowned champion. After the preliminary challenge “Project White Lady” where competitors were challenge to come up with their interpretation of the classic cocktail using the original ingredient Cointreau or Cointreau Blood Orange, the top 15 were selected to progress to the Hong Kong finals.
Wallace battled it out against 14 other top competitors in Hong Kong. At the finals, each bartender had to create a cocktail based on their slashie/talent inspired by Rémy Martin One Life / Live Them campaign.
Wallace’s presentation was on point, and his drink ‘Spiritual Shelter’ included Rémy Martin VSOP, Mount Gay Black Barrel, Picon, Chocolate liqueur and a touch of Pimento dram. A very balanced and complex cocktail according to Jay Khan brand ambassador of Rémy Cointreau Hong Kong and Macau.
Second place and third place were Endy Ngai from Zuma and Michael Cheung from Bar Butler respectively.
While all competitors were exceptional, Wallace stood out as the leading bartender on the day through his strong presentation and perfectly crafted cocktail. He will be representing Hong Kong to compete in the Asia finals held in Ho Chi Minh City at the end of October.
In preparation for the Asia finals Wallace mentioned, “I will continue to do more research and explore more local and East asian ingredients. Taking part in competitions like this, it’s always great to learn and meet new and old friends along the way.”
Other participating countries for the Asia finals will be from Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam.