One of the world’s most revered bartenders, Mr. Hidetsugu Ueno will be at Food & Bev Live next week to judge the National Cocktail Championships & Bartender Awards organised by the Bartenders Association of Ireland and sponsored by Edward Dillon & Co/ Ltd.
Mr. Ueno owns the award winning bar ‘High Five’ in Ginza, Tokyo, which, not surprisingly, also happens to be one of the most iconic bars in Tokyo.
Hidetsugu developed a speakeasy-style feel to his bar. He is famous around the world for his ice-diamonds and precise Japanese style of bartending.
World renowned bartender, Mr. Hidetsugu Ueno, to judge National Cocktail Championships & Bartender Awards at Food & Bev Live
Interview with Eddie Rudzinskas, Judge at the Irish Cocktail Championships and Founder of Cocktails for You
1. Eddie, when did you win the Irish Cocktail Championships, and tell us about your winning cocktail?
I won the Irish National Cocktail Championship in 2014. My drink MollyMia was inspired by two very special young ladies’. Molly Byrne the daughter of Declan Byrne and former President of the BAI and my daughter Mia! For me the name is catchy and memorable.
2. What opportunities came your way following your win?
Things really snowballed after the win at Food & Bev Live 2014. My profile increased immensely. I got to represent Ireland at the World Cocktail Championship in Capetown and from there I went on to win other competitions. For example, one of my creations was selected as the featured cocktail on Aer Lingus business class flight - Ireland to New York - so literally the sky is the limit!
3. What did it feel like to be representing Ireland on the world stage at the World Cocktail Championships?
It was a great honour - Ireland is now my home, I have been living here with my wife and daughter for over eleven years, so there was a great sense of pride to don the green jacket and win a Silver medal for Ireland. Incidentally it was only the third time in almost forty years that Ireland has won a medal at this prestigious event, so this made my win even more special.