Speed Rack, the international female-only bartending competition makes its mark in Asia, debuting in Singapore in 2017. The competition promotes the best female bartending talent and raises funds for breast cancer research. The first ever Asia competition will be held on March 12 at The Great Escape.
In early January, Speed Rack received over 30 applications from the region, from which fourteen from Singapore and six from Asia were selected to participate (see full list below). Those selected will compete in a qualifying round that tests not only speed but aptitude in making four cocktails from the sponsors’ selection of spirits, liqueurs and syrups. The top eight who clock the fastest times will advance to the on-stage live competition. The final stage will be in a Round Robin format, with eight bartenders going head-to-head to battle it out making cocktails in instant elimination rounds. Recipes for this stage of the competition will be chosen at random from a list of 50 industry-standard drinks. The judges will evaluate the drinks based on accuracy, taste and presentation, with the winner claiming the title of Miss Speed Rack Asia 2017.
Previous Speed Rack judging panels have included some of the best in the industry such as Dale DeGroff, Julie Reiner, Audrey Sunders, David Wondrich, Jacob Briars, Charles Joly and Simon Ford to name a few. Similarly, the judging panel at Speed Rack Asia will be drawn from top local and global industry experts.
The event will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm, with the competition held from 2pm to 5pm. Drinks and food are available on site and all proceeds going to charity. Speed Rack founders Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero developed the competition in 2011 to put a spotlight on women bartenders thriving in bars around the country, and in doing so also wanted to give back to an important cause – breast cancer research, education, and prevention.
Sponsors for Speed Rack in Singapore include St. Germain (who are also the Global Sponsors for Speed Rack), Stolichnaya Vodka, Cointreau, Botanist Gin, Campari, Cuervo Traditional, Bacardi Rum, Wild Turkey, Cheery Heering and East Imperial.
|Charmaine Ann Th||28HKS|
|Monica Koo||Club Street Social|
|Symphony Loo||Neon Pigeon|
|Sky Huo||The Baxter Inn|
|Ana Souza||The Pontiac|
|Faye Fernando||The Curator Coffee and Cocktails|
|Kim Ji Won||Alice|
|Stella Marinela Joao||Southside Parlour|
Check out www.speed-rack.com for more info.