Fifth BACARDI Cruise Competition Announces Winners

MIAMI, March 19 /PRNewswire/ — On March 15, 2010, the Fifth BACARDI® Cruise Competition awarded its BACARDI Bartender of the Year and BACARDI Chef of the Year from five cocktail and five culinary finalists. The awards night was held at an exclusive, private event on Fisher Island, Florida.

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This year’s five cocktail categories were based on Bacardi’s core brands and berries as the Signature category’s fresh ingredient; culinary categories were international cuisine (American, Italian, French, Chinese, and Spanish).

Christopher Chudley of Royal Caribbean International was named the BACARDI Bartender of the Year for his BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Cocktail, Elderphire. Emerlito Lago of Cunard Line was named the BACARDI Chef of the Year for his American cuisine entree, BACARDI® LIMON(TM) Touched Maine Lobster Tail. In addition to crystal trophies, $5,000 cash prizes were presented to the two winners by the Marine Hotel Association. Winners have the option of putting their cash award toward a five-day intensive High Performance Leadership course at Florida International University School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. All 10 category winners received a $500 cash prize.

The BACARDI Cruise Competition has supported bartenders and chefs onboard ships since 2005. A category winner from the First BACARDI Cruise Competition, Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin, was recently named “Best Cruise Line Master Chef” by Porthole Cruise Magazine. Sodamin’s achievements are a testament to the aspiring talent that participates in this competition.

“Each year, the BACARDI Cruise Competition highlights the innovation cruise and ferry lines worldwide provide for the global consumer. As this industry continues to be on the forefront of the latest trends in cocktail culture and international cuisine, Bacardi is proud to recognize its accomplishments and support its endeavors,” says Jose Chao, Vice President, Bacardi Travel Retail Americas.

Elderphire recipe

A simple, classically-styled cocktail that is complex in taste, yet easy to recreate. The Spanish lemon peel in BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin is enhanced by bright citrus and herb flavours, which make Elderphire a tangy, refreshing cocktail.

1-1/4 parts BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin
1/4 part St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/4 part Sugar cane syrup
4 Lemon wedges


Squeeze juice from all lemon wedges into a shaker. Add ice, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, and all remaining ingredients. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. hosted a People’s Choice Award poll, which allowed online viewers to vote for their favourite recipe. Emerlito Lago won again for his American entree and Dan Linley for his GREY GOOSE® inspired Tropical Breeze Martini.

“This year’s entries were wonderfully creative and appealing – a testament to the extremely talented chefs and bartenders, which have been recruited by cruise lines to improve and expand the options available to passengers,” says Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief, Cruise Critic. “As our members are always particularly enthusiastic about food and cocktails, we’re pleased to be able to offer our support and to host the Peoples’ Choice Award at”

To learn more about the Fifth BACARDI Cruise Competition, please go

Cruise and ferry line bartenders and chefs of legal drinking age wanting to compete for cash scholarships, and the distinction of being named BACARDI Chef of the Year and BACARDI Bartender of the Year are annually invited to create inspired cocktail and culinary recipes using the Bacardi family of premium and super-premium spirits. Recipes submitted need to include one of the following products: BACARDI® Rums, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, GREY GOOSE® Vodka and Flavoured Vodkas, DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch Whiskies, MARTINI & ROSSI® Vermouths and MARTINI & ROSSI® Sparkling Wines, CAZADORES® Tequilas, as well as B&B®, DRAMBUIE®, and DISARONNO® Liqueurs.




The BACARDI® Cruise Competition is open to all cruise and ferry line bartenders and chefs worldwide of legal drinking age. Citizens and residents of the United States and Puerto Rico are excluded from participation in this competition. Log onto for more details.

Official Sponsors Include:

MTN Satellite Communications, Marine Hotel Association, and Porthole Cruise Magazine


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