Bahamas wins the 2020 Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge
In it’s the tenth year, the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge (AGCC) saw nine finalists compete for the coveted title at the Hyatt Regency in Trinidad on Saturday.
Each contestant was interviewed by a panel of judges and challenged to create two cocktails in just seven minutes.
But it was the Bahamas’ Marv Cunningham who emerged victoriously and walked away with the USD $10,000 prize and the opportunity to represent the House of Angostura as a global brand ambassador for the next two years.
His winning cocktail, Mas Curried, was made with Angostura seven-year-old, curry shrub, lime juice, cauliflower puree, Angostura bitter and orange bitters.
Marv, a two-time Taste of the Caribbean Best Caribbean Bartender champ, has been bartending for over 20 years. His specialty is culinary cocktails.
Head judge of the AGCC Maxwell Britten described Marv as the ideal ambassador for the Angostura brand.
“He has a culinary sensibility that is increasingly important both in today’s cocktail world and also in food preparation. As I’ve seen demonstrated here in Trinidad, Angostura Bitters adds the same magic to a dish as it does to a drink. His rum cocktail was probably the most unusual of the competition, I’d never considered adding cauliflower to a cocktail but it really works,” he said.
In an interview with Loop News, Marv said this win means the world to him and has undoubtedly elevated his career.
“It’s surreal! It means the world to me to be the next Global Brand Ambassador for the House of Angostura. This win has elevated my status in the world of mixology. I will use this platform to promote the brand to the best of my ability, while staying true to the Caribbean and taking its unique flavours and flair to the world. I love serving people, preparing cocktails while doing this, is the icing on the cake. Passion plays a very important part in this,” he said.
Now that he’s won the coveted Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge, Marv said he is looking forward to travelling the world and absorbing cocktail culture and knowledge from other experts in his field.
To aspiring bartenders and mixologists, he said “Don’t let anyone deter you from your dreams. Always seek to raise the bar. If you can dream it, you can do it. If you can dream up a cocktail concept, just add patience, passion and practice to the mix and I guarantee, it’ll work wonders for your career.”
Marv will return to Trinidad in 2022 to judge the next instalment of the competition.
He was full of praise for the other finalists, specifically, Tasmania’s Rohan Massie who came in second and Agung Satria from Vietnam, who came in third.