Magherafelt bartender to compete for Hennessy training scholarship

Pictured are the 2015 competition winners, Frankie Cosgrove from sixty6 Belfast, Roisin McErlean from Sweet Afton and Nathaniel McAuley from Muriels Caf� Bar.

Pictured are the 2015 competition winners, Frankie Cosgrove from sixty6 Belfast, Roisin McErlean from Sweet Afton and Nathaniel McAuley from Muriels Caf� Bar.

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A Magherafelt bartender has been named as a finalist in the Hennessy Connoisseurs Challenge

Nathan Evans of Secrets Nightclub, will be competing with 10 others to win a prestigious training scholarship with the world’s most iconic cognac brand.

Returning for the second year, the competition has been created by drinks company, Dillon Bass - owners of the Hennessy brand in Northern Ireland – and seeks to uncover the top mixology talent.

The grand finale will take place at Ox Cave on Monday August 15, where three of the 11 finalists will be crowned with the prestigious status of being named a Hennessy Connoisseur and will win a money can’t buy prize package courtesy of Dillon Bass.

The prize package will include a VIP trip to Cognac to visit Maison Hennessy and Chateau Bagnolet, with one-on-one training, a tasting with the Hennessy Master Blender and the opportunity to have their signature drinks showcased by the brand.

The judging panel will include Vincent Borjon-Prive from Hennessy and Julie Dupouy, Brand Ambassador for Moet-Hennessy, recently named as one of the world’s top three sommeliers, who will put the bartenders through their paces, assessing them on their bespoke Hennessy drink, product knowledge and personality.