University women win Pattaya top bartender contest

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Winners of the Young Bartender contest pose with judges and sponsors.
Winners of the Young Bartender contest pose with judges and sponsors.

A pair of college women won top honors in the “Fantasy Duo” bartender competition at the Pattaya Food & Hoteliers Expo.

Krit Jiramongkol, president of the Food and Beverage Management Association Eastern Region, presented the 10,000-baht first-place award to Nareerat Madho and Nattapond Julpoon of Silapakorn University at the close of the July 4-6 trade fair at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

Wittaya Tapkrasep and Wai­yawat Pimprapot of Chetupon Commercial College placed second, winning 7,000 baht; Satitapond Sung­hangwa and Wisaruth Siri­prapasompoj of Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University took third for 5,000 baht and Nattaphat Wejcha­pong and Napawinee Jenwat­tana­mongkok, Kasetsart University’s Sriracha campus won the 3,000-baht fourth place.

In international bartender competition, Eastern Europeans swept the awards with Russian Vitaly Kolpin nabbing the US$1,500 first-place prize. Adam Branczyk of Poland won $1,200 for second place while Razvan Dinu from Romania got $1,000 for third place.

The expo, the largest hospitality exhibition of the year with 27 teams from 22 countries participating, also awarded other prizes, including table-setting and flower arranging.

It also featured a cooking demonstration by Chef Art Supamongkol from Top Chef Thailand, a concert from Lomosonic, and more than 40 booths featuring dishes from famous restaurants and food trucks.

Russian Vitaly Kolpin won the international bartender competition.
Russian Vitaly Kolpin won the international bartender competition.

Seven Pattaya hotels won honors in the table-setting contest: 18 Coins, Flipper House, Eastern Grand Palace, Sabai Resort, RBB, Imperial, and Levana.

The freestyle flower arrangement prize went to Madam Noi Forest, who won 5,000 baht for first place, and Sabai Resort, earning 3,000 baht for second.