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Boisdale Mixologist Hannah Lanfear Crowned Top Bartender In London

Posted on Mar 26, 2013
Boisdale Mixologist Hannah Lanfear Crowned Top Bartender In London

March 25 Lon­don, UK. G’Vine, Gin de France, is excit­ed to announce the win­ner of the Gin Con­nois­seur Pro­gram (GCP) 2013 Lon­don Preliminary.
The Lon­don GCP Pre­lim­i­nary was held at the Para­mount Soho on the 25 of March. Rebec­ca Seal, pre­sen­ter of Chan­nel 4’s Sun­day Brunch and spir­its guru Sal­va­tore Cal­abrese joined last year’s GCP win­ner, Pawel Rol­ka and blog­ger Emma Stokes to form the judg­ing pan­el for the com­pe­ti­tion. Han­nah Lan­fear scored high­ly for her knowl­edge of G’Vine and gin as a cat­e­go­ry, her pre­sen­ta­tion and inter­ac­tion with the pan­el as well as for the qual­i­ty of her cre­ation for the event, the Mary Jean.
Sebas­t­ian Kasy­na, bar­tender at Coq d’Argent was award­ed third place, Andreas Tsanos of Spir­it Lev­el, Baku, was second.
Han­nah Lan­fear will now join Jamie Jones, win­ner of the Man­ches­ter 2013 GCP pre­lim­i­nary, as one of the UK rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the GCP inter­na­tion­al finals, tak­ing place in Cognac in June. The final round of the GCP will see 15 of the best bar­tenders from across the globe test­ed to their utmost in a 16th cen­tu­ry manor, the home of G’Vine Gin.
Han­nah Lan­fear said, The GCP is respect­ed with­in the drinks indus­try as a rep­utable and demand­ing com­pe­ti­tion and I’m hon­oured to have won the Lon­don Pre­lim­i­nary. I’m excit­ed to have won a com­pe­ti­tion that asks bar­tenders to face the vote of the audi­ence, as well as a pan­el of high cal­iber judges.
The idea of the Mary Jean was to cre­ate a clas­sic yet con­tem­po­rary drink, to reflect the spir­it of G’Vine. G’Vine Nouai­son was the per­fect choice to high­light the spicy car­damom and cas­sia bark notes of my cock­tail as it’s smooth yet robust.”

Launched in 2010, the GCP has rede­fined glob­al bar­tender con­tests. Today, it is wide­ly seen as one of the bar world’s tough­est contests.
2013 sees the GCP adopt­ing the theme L’Edi­tion Ambas­sadeur. As well as find­ing the world’s best gin bar­tender, GCP chal­lenges in 2013 will iden­ti­fy the world’s best poten­tial brand ambas­sador. The Gin Con­nois­seur 2013 will have the best bar­tend­ing skills but also the largest gin knowl­edge and the best eti­quette. The L’Edition Ambas­sadeur theme is reflect­ed in the over­all prize: US$3,000, a per­son­al and tai­lor-made train­ing pro­gram from Philip Duff (one of the world’s first­glob­al brand ambas­sadors and win­ner of the Gold­en Spir­it Award 2012 as Tales of the Cock­tail’s Best Pre­sen­ter), an elite pre­sent­ing & media-train­ing course, and the chance to present sem­i­nars at both Tales of the Cock­tail 2013 and Bar Con­vent Berlin 2013.

Philip Duff, who has helped set up the con­test said, Ever since the first GCP in 2010, we noticed that the best com­peti­tors and final­ists were being snapped up by drinks firms to be bran­dambas­sadors – some just weeks after Finals! At the same time, there is a tremen­dous inter­est in the job of brand ambas­sador, and it’s a log­i­cal career pro­gres­sion for any ambi­tious bar­tender. Although sev­er­al oth­er brands havetried to hire their own ambas­sadors by run­ning a con­test, design­ing an edi­tion of the GCP that gives bar­tenders the chance to acquire the skills for the next stage of their career fits nice­ly with G’Vine’s DNA of being tra­di­tion­al, but uncon­ven­tion­al. What oth­er brand would sup­port a con­test where you’re offer­ing free train­ing to bar­tenders who may get hired by your com­peti­tors? G’Vine takes the long view – the more knowl­edge­able gin bar­tenders, and ambas­sadors there are out there, the bet­ter this great spir­it cat­e­go­ry will be viewed by every­one. That’s why I feel priv­i­leged to be asked to help run this con­test, every year.”
The GCP 2013 L’Edi­tion Ambas­sadeur was launched on Jan­u­ary 21st2013.

Invi­ta­tion­al Pre­lim­i­nary con­tests are being held in major cities around the world, and each Pre­lim­i­nary fea­tures an indus­try-lead­ing sem­i­nar, a Cock­tail chal­lenge and the G’Vine Bar­tenders’ Ball, where each com­peti­tor earns points by run­ning their own one-man bar dur­ing a par­ty for local bar­tenders, media and con­sumers. The 12 nation­al win­ners from the US, the UK, Ger­many, Spain, Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia and Japan, plus three Wild Cards from coun­tries where no Pre­lim­i­nary is held, will be flown to France in June for a week of unfor­get­table expe­ri­ences and chal­lenges with Gaz Regan and Philip Duff, end­ing with the crown­ing of the G’Vine Gin Con­nois­seur 2013 at the end of the G’Vine Sum­mer Ball!