May 7, 2009
Canada Competes with International Mixologists
at Giffard Challenge in France
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2009 (Vancouver, BC) – Mixologists from around the world will take their craft to
new heights as they strive to win this year's Giffard Challenge. The competition will
take place in Angers, France on Monday, May 25 2009. Two of BC's best, Shaun
Layton of George Ultra Lounge and Wendy McGuinness of Chambar Belgian
Restaurant, will be in the thick of the competition after proving their mettle in last
September's Iron Mixologist Competition in Vancouver. They will join professional
mixologists from France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, and Italy in their quest to
win the prestigious event.
Giffard is known internationally as a supplier of premium liqueurs and syrups. The
Giffard Challenge shows the tremendous range of delicious uses for their products. The
Challenge is also an exciting test of competitors' creativity, as it requires innovation and
This year for the first time participating mixologists will be presented with a "surprise
basket" one hour prior to the competition, which will contain the mandatory liqueur
for their drink as well as fruits or plants which may be used either in the drink or as a
garnish. Mixologists will have an hour to create a short drink cocktail recipe. They will
then have seven minutes to prepare their cocktail in front of the judges. The cocktails
will be judged both on cocktail presentation and realization and on taste.
Good luck to BC's intrepid mixologists as they compete on the world stage at this event!
Canada's representatives can be reached at the email addresses listed below.....
Shaun Layton, George Ultra Lounge – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy McGuinness, Chambar Belgian Restaurant – email@example.com
Dana Lee Harris
Dana Lee Consulting