March 27, 2019

Tio Pepe Challenge 2019: This year’s UK Finalists

Selecting only 10 UK Finalists from such an array of talent and creativity was a tough job for this year’s Tio Pepe Challenge judges. They remarked on the high standard and variety across the entries which they felt was true testimony to the diversity of Sherry.

The UK national final will be held on 15th April at Hush, Mayfair where these 10 bartenders will battle it out for a place in the international final in Jerez, Spain:

Andrey Schmalbach Martinez The Langham hotel

Calum O’Flynn Heads + Tails

Eblis Marcelo Martinez Ubilluz The Conduit

Ferdia Murray The American Bar at The Savoy

Gabor Molnar The Pig in Brockenhurst

Giacomo Bucciarelli The Connaught bar at the Connaught hotel

Gianluca Pavanello Bar Swift

Jayson Jansen Van Vuuren LiquidChefs Ltd

Leonardo Filippini The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel

Lorenzo Rocci The Dorchester London


Tio Pepe Challenge Final April 2017 – Credit Simon Williams Photography (135)

Thanks so much to all the bartenders who entered this year’s challenge. We’ve been blown away by your efforts!

Want to recreate the winning cocktails? Follow us @TioPepeFino on Twitter or @TioPepeUK on Instagram where we will be posting this year’s mixology masterpieces.


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