The excitedly awaited elit Art of Martini Cocktail Competition returned to Hong Kong at the vibrant Ophelia bar. The five finalists battled it out on the night, showcasing their unique reinventions of the classic martini cocktail using elit Vodka. Three industry leaders then chose the most innovative cocktail that also preserved the integrity of the martini.
Paul Kwok, bar manager and co-founder of De Luna Tapas Bar, took out the top spot with his ‘Saffron-Tini’, a unique mix of elit Vodka and sous vide saffron infused white wine sauce. Paul was inspired by the food pairing of saffron risotto and martini, which he regularly enjoys at his favourite Italian restaurants.
It was tough competition on the night, with four other competing bartenders creating a range of extremely inventive and highly flavoursome cocktails using, predominantly local ingredients. Each bartender had two months to perfect their martini and test it on customers in their venues before the regional final.
Paul will now head over to Ibiza, Spain, the party capital of the world, to compete in the global finals. He will have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions with a world-class chef, designed to get finalists experimenting with flavours, before showing off his skill on the world stage.