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The author of the cocktail “Search for Exceptional Taste” has been awarded


On 5 June, at the Chamber Hall of the VEF Block, the event Let’s Talk Taste was held, where the finals of the “Search for Exceptional Taste” contest also took place. In fierce competition Alvis Cimža from the restaurant “Locale” won in the contest of flavours.

Eight bartenders from different bars and restaurants of Latvia took part in the contest final, trying to convince the jury with a story and the prepared cocktail. Each participant could use seven minutes on the stage evaluated by the jury and the visitors to prepare not only a cocktail, but also introduce the audience to a story – the reasons for the exact mix of flavours, the inspiration behind it and how the cocktail is prepared. The contest also included a competent jury – company “Gemoss” CEO Ieva Treija, the world’s third best sommelier Raimonds Tomsons and lifestyle blogger and coffee expert Kaspars Bērziņš. As each member of the jury is somehow related to the culture of beverages, it was especially interesting to find out the opinion of each jury member on the excellent taste. At the awards ceremony Ieva Treija, CEO of Gemoss, congratulated all the participants for the great contribution to the contest, creating interesting stories and a journey of flavours.

After careful inspection of the results provided by each bartender the jury awarded the following places:

1st place was awarded to Alvis Cimža from the restaurant “Locale”. Alvis amazed the jury with a cocktail, in which gin, Monin pear syrup, vermouth and rhubarb juice were skilfully blended – an excellent combination for the summer season! The winner of the contest received a gift card worth 1000 euros from “Gemoss”; the value of 700 euros was to purchase new equipment for the bar, accessories and devices for restaurant, and the remaining amount was to be used by Alvis to purchase other items of his own liking.

2nd place was awarded to Oskars Vārenbergs from the bar-restaurant “Stage 22” in the hotel “Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga”.

3rd place was awarded to Artis Štromanis from the bar-nightclub “Banka” in Saldus.

The cocktail contest “Search for Exceptional Taste” yet again confirmed that there are strong, creative-minded and adventurous bartenders in Latvia, who are able to use their ambitions and surprise the cocktail enthusiasts,” says the author of the contest and manager of “Monin” brand Inguss Reizenbergs.

In the contest final the following persons took part:

Aleksejs Šorodoks, restaurant “Ogle”
Ričards Vetšteins, restaurant “Zilā Govs’”
Fēliks Riekstiņš, bar “Coco Loco”
Alvis Cimža, restaurant “Locale”
Kārlis Taranda, restaurant “Jonathan”
Artis Štromanis, bar-nightclub “Banka”
Jevgenijs Vasiļevskis, restaurant “Ogle”
Oskars Vārenbergs, bar-restaurant Stage 22 in the hotel “Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga”.

More photos of the event are available HERE.

We will continue to grow, to develop and to look for perfect flavours every day!