22 August 2013 20:39

The 62nd IBA Conference and 39th World Cocktail Competition in Prague

The 62nd Meeting of the IBA ended after a week of meetings and competitions. 58 countries gathered in the Czech capital to speak about the advancement of the association created in 1951, and which enjoys representation on five continents today.

During this meeting, the 39th World cocktail Championships and the World Championships of Flairtending were staged, with every country presenting a competitor in both competitions.

More than 500 delegates gathered in the Hotel Hilton for the event, splendidly organised by the Czech Bartenders Association, leaded by its president Ales Svojanovsky. The efforts of the IBA to spread the word was reflected in the high number of spectators (around 1000 people on the Tuesday in the main Ballroom) and in the fact that the events were broadcast live on television and also on the web.

After two days of hard challenges during which the competitors were judged in technique and tasting (aspect, aroma, taste) by the presidents of each association, the results were announced by Derrick Lee, President of the IBA. It's interesting to note that, of the 6 gold medals on offer, 4 were won by women.

Before-Dinner Cocktail Competition:

1st, Naomi Takahashi – JAPAN
2nd, Francisco Javier Lucas – SPAIN
3rd, Kristo Tomingas – ESTONIA


Sparkling Cocktail Competition:

1st, Greta Grönholm – FINLAND
2nd, Guomundur Sigtryggson – ICELAND
3rd, Piotr Szczypta – POLAND


Fancy Cocktail Competition:

1st, Deirdre Byrne – IRELAND
2nd, Juan Berrutti – URUGUAY
3rd, Jessie Ray Clasicas – PHILIPPINES


Long Drink Competition:

1st, Panagiotis Gkovatsos - GREECE

2nd, Stephanie Sieber – AUSTRIA

3rd, Teng Chi-Chu – TAÏWAN


After Dinner Competition:

1st, Irina Stefanidi - CYPRUS

2nd, Tudor Alexandru Valentin – ROMANIA

3rd, Martin Vogeltanz – CZECH REPUBLIC


Flairtending Competition:

1st, Marek Posluszny – POLAND

2nd, Vaclav Abraham – CZECH REPUBLIC

3rd, Mihaylov Tihomir – BULGARIA


During the Gala Dinner (Wednesday 31st), the winners of the 6 competitions were gathered together for the ultimate round: the superfinal of the World Cocktail Competition, the flairtending champion competing just making his cocktail.

Finally, Greta Grönholm from Finland was proclaimed "IBA Champion of the year 2013". She will fly the IBA's flag all year round in 2014 until the next Champion is proclaimed. Other awards were given to:

• Poland for the Team Prize

• Srdan Perisic of Croatia for the IBA Prestige Award

• Kristo Tomingas of Estonia for the IBA Art Deco Trophy

• Jamaïca Sunshine Alfonso Sy of Singapore for the IBA Cocktail DNA Cup

Next year, the 63rd Meeting will take place in Cape Town under the responsibility of the association of the South African bartenders (Mr Etienne Schlechter) – from September 29th to October 4th.


Greta Grönholm's winning recipe in the Sparkling Cocktail Competition: My Green Summer

• 2 cl                 Grey Goose La Poire

• 2 cl                 Routin 1883 Green A pple

• 10 cl               Martini Pro Secco DOC

• 3 barspoon      Routin 1883 Fruit de la passion

• 1 barspoon      Finest Call Lime Juice

• 1 barspoon      Monin Cucumber

Mixing Glass Glass : Libbey Perception Coupe N° 3055