DIT winner of cocktail scholarship- Ireland's Champion Bartender to Compete in Italy -

DIT student Martina Neylon has won the Bacardi Martini Cocktail Scholarship 2007, which took place in DIT Cathal Brugha Street last week. Martina, who is studying International Bar and Foodservice Management in the Faculty of Tourism and Food, competed against 16 finalists and emerged as the ultimate winner. The adjudicators described her performance as 'displaying remarkable creative cocktail skills coupled with ability and knowledge' and she will represent Ireland in the 2007 Bacardi Martini International Grand Prix, the annual cocktail and bartender challenge which takes place in Italy this year.

Martina Neylon, winner of the Bacardi Martini Cocktail Scholarship 2007 with Nigel Case of Edward Dillon & Company, sponsors of the Scholarship

The competition was sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co. According to James Murphy, lecturer in the School of Culinary Arts, this was the first time the Department of Bar and Meat Management had submitted a proposal to host the competition. Their proposal was accepted and they organised the competition very successfully, in association with colleagues from a number of other institutions, including:

  • Athlone Institute of Technology.
  • Tourism College Killybegs - Donegal.
  • Failte Ireland Training Centre - Dublin.
  • Cork Institute of Technology.
  • Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology.
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght.
  • City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee Crumlin Training College - Dublin.

Competitors in action

Speaking at the announcement of Ireland's competitor for this global event, Tiernan O'Morain, of Edward Dillon & Company, said "Our aim in this competition has always been to enhance and expand the professional services of young bartenders and judging by the exceptional standard in this year's competition we are achieving that aim. On behalf of Edward Dillon & Company Ltd I wish to express my congratulations to Martina and all the bartenders that took part today".

Martina Neylon preparing her winning cocktail

Also commenting, competition Chairman, James Murphy said 'Making creative drinks, combined with knowledge of the key factors which influence the style, quality and taste of distilled spirits is necessary to meet the demands of today's customers and management. The Bacardi Martini Cocktail Scholarship is a wonderful way to hone the skills of these young bartenders to ensure the highest of standards in the trade in Ireland for the future'.


The winner's trophy - a replica of the Ardagh Chalice

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