Tuesday night saw the first ever Chivas Master announced in New York following the conclusion of The Chivas Masters global final. You can read all about the UK leg of the competition here, with Hawksmoor's Ali Reynolds coming through the heats and a fantastic UK final to take his place in the international showdown of Chivas Regal's first ever global cocktail competition!
Before we tell you who won the big prize though, here's your chance for your very own whisky cocktail win: We're giving away this rather handsome Chivas Masters Cocktail Set to one of you lovely folk. Keep reading to find out how you could get your hands on this cheeky little prize, including a full 70cl bottle of Chivas Regal 12 Year Old, a stylish Cocktail Shaker and Bar Spoon, plus Recipes for 4 classic cocktails (one from each 'age')!
You can WIN this!
There were 13 competitors from all over the world in The Chivas Masters grand final, each having won the right to be considered the master of their own region. Tasked with reproducing one of the drinks that had seen them progress this far as well facing a number of fresh challenges over two days, the judges (Chivas Global Brand Ambassador, Max Warner; Connaught Bar Director of Mixology, Agostino Peronne; and The Dead Rabbit's Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry) had plenty to ponder before choosing their overall champion. Challenges included a milk-based cocktail pairing with Momofuku Milk Bar and a tricky carbonation task set by the excellent Dave Arnold*.
(Top row left to right): Alistair Reynolds (Hawksmoor Spitalfields - London, UK); Chabiz Cadiz (Grand Hyatt Hotel - Santiago, Chile); Cross Yu (The Epic - Shanghai, China)
(2nd row left to right): Diogo Quinaz (Liquid Consulting - Cascais, Portugal); Gilad Livnat (Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar - Tel Aviv, Israel); Joe Villanueva (W Hotel - Hong Kong)
(3rd row left to right): John Samaras (Dalliance House - Kifissia, Greece); Laura Marnich (Zuma Restaurant - Dubai, UAE); Marcus Philipp (The Albertina Passage - Vienna, Austria)
(4th row left to right): Marian Krause (Spirits Bar - Cologne, Germany); Mitsuhiro Nakamura (The Peninsula - Tokyo, Japan); Sam Egerton (Palmer & Co - Sydney, Australia)
The Winner (and Chivas Master 2014):
Masahiro Urushido (The Saxon and Parole - New York, USA)
Congratulations to Masahiro, who could clearly show the Brazilians a thing or to about making the most of home advantage! His performance throughout, as well as his The New Pal cocktail, saw him named as the first ever Chivas Master.
The New Pal
All the finalists are now off to New Orleans' Tales of The Cocktail, where Chivas are sponsoring the Best American/International Cocktail Bar at the Spirited Awards. Masahiro, meanwhile, not only takes the crown (or the Power Sword or whatever Masters get these days), but will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Dave Arnold over the course of this year on a 'concept' that won't be revealed until the next Chivas Masters... Exciting.
So, for your chance to be a winner too - simply complete the challenge below in the comments section:
- Name two places you would have found The Old Pal cocktail, prior to 1935 (exact dates not required).
Go! We only have one Cocktail Set to give away - fastest finger first!
* If you don't know who Dave Arnold is but have any interest whatsoever in the science of food and drinks, I can assure you he's cool. Very cool indeed.