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Toronto Flair League #2 August 31st 2010

Toronto Flair League #2 August 31st 2010

On the heels of a very successful first competition, the Toronto Flair League was thinking bigger and better for TFL#2 which was to take place on August 31st 2010.

The roster for the second flair bartending competition had grown from 22, to 29 bartenders.  Much like TFL#1, there were two divisions; amateur, and advanced.  Amateur competitors would receive three minutes of show time, and the advanced competitors would perform for four. Both amateur and advanced competitors were required to create two cocktails; one with working flair, and one with exhibition flair.

Rachel Hubble kicked things off in the amateur division once again in front of a sold out Loose Moose Bar and Grill, located at 146 Front Street West in Toronto.

There were seven new flair bartenders in the amateur division ready to show their skills, and compete in their very first competition. Devin Janzen opened up the show for the advanced division, in what was only his second competition. Once the bartenders were through showcasing their skills, it was time for the judges to announce the winners. In the amateur division, taking third place and the $20 prize was the defending TFL#1 amateur champion Ryan Desjardins.

TFL#2 winners are announced

TFL#2 winners are announced

In his first ever competition, Reed Pettit took home second place and $40. And finally, taking home the amateur division title and $60 in his first competition, along with some serious bragging rights, was Mark Broad from Windsor, Ontario.

In the advanced division, the defending TFL#1 champion David Jennings placed fourth.  Taking home third place and $60 was Zack Prohaska. Second place and a prize of $80 was earned by Dustin Keiffer from Windsor Ontario. The Toronto Flair League champion of TFL#2 is Michael Monthermoso who claimed the top prize of $100.

Congratulations to everyone who competed! We are all looking forward to TFL#5 on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at The Loose Moose located at 146 Front St. W. Come on out and see the best flair bartenders in Toronto battle it out in their ‘stashes for Movember Prostate Cancer Awareness!

For those of you who would like to become a flair bartender, there are bartending schools in Ontario that can get you started.¬† Over 80% of the bartenders in the Toronto Flair League have taken a bartending course, and over 60% have taken courses at BartenderOne, Canada’s fastest growing group of bartender training facilities.

For bartending tools such as cocktail shaker tins, and practice flair bottles to get you started, visit the bartending store the pros use.

Until next time, keep flipping!

Toronto Flair League #2 top 4

Toronto Flair League #2 top 4

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