Flair fight!

Published October 10, 2018, 10:10 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Six topnotch TGI Fridays bartenders from Taiwan, China, Japan, Indonesia, Guam and the Philippines come together for the first time to showcase their bartending skills as TGI Fridays Philippines hosts the 2018 TGIF Asia Pacific Bartender Championship on Oct. 17, 6 p.m. at TGIF Mall of Asia.

Johan 'The Pilot' Jara (mb.com.ph)
Johan ‘The Pilot’ Jara

After months of training, they will be judged on technical bar knowledge, mastery of TGIF cocktail recipes and creative execution. Celebrities, media personalities and the judges will witness the skill and showmanship of these finalists as they give it their best behind the bar, in true Fridays fashion. The winner of this regional competition will be pitted against the best of the best around the world at the 2018 TGIF World Bartender Championship.

Johan “The Pilot” Jara of Solenad branch will represent the Philippines. He hopes to duplicate the feat of fellow bartenders Rizza Umlas and Jholan Penafiel who were proclaimed TGIF World Bartender Champions in 2015 and 2017, respectively.