Hilton hones barista, bartender skills through competition

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The Hilton Pattaya Hotel helped polish the skills of its coffee makers and bartenders with its second-annual Bar & Barista Cup.

The Sept. 22 contest, part of the hotel’s “Food & Beverage Masters” program, saw The Edge Restaurant’s Peerasak Ruangthatree win first place with a concoction called “Finale”. Arayaporn Saimek, from the Horizon bar, took second for her ‘Sundowner Coffee’ and Rattanasin Wongsila from the Shore Bar won third for a strawberry coffee.

General Manager Rudolf Troestler said the event was held to encourage young bartenders to show their talents and creativity with coffee and cocktails.

The event was held on the 17th floor of Hilton Pattaya, with 6 judges, including Tony Malhotra, general manager of the ‘Scandinavian Village’ in Bangsaen.

The Edge Restaurant’s Peerasak Ruangthatree (2nd right) won first place with the outstanding cocktail called “Finale”.

The Bar & Barista Cup one of five competitions in the F&B Masters program. This year’s competition consisted of 26 participants who were all given a drink order to complete with their own creativity and mixtures.

Other competitions in the series include the Culinary Cup, Pastry Cup and Sommelier Cup. Winners in the internal competitions will be sent to industry-wide contests to compete for the Hilton.

Arayaporn Saimek, from the Horizon bar, 1st runner-up for her ‘Sundowner Coffee’.

Tony Malhotra (left), general manager of the ‘Scandinavian Village’ in Bangsaen, presents the 2nd runner up award to Rattanasin Wongsila (right) from Shore for his strawberry coffee.