Stephon Scott, Trinidad & Tobago Bartender of the Year, takes third at international competition
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (August 31, 2011) – Stephon Scott, Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s youngest bartender and recently crowned Trinidad & Tobago Bartender of the Year, joined bartenders from 34 other countries in New Delhi, India for the 2011 Global Final of the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year competition in July. At just 25 years old, Scott was the youngest contender, but his well-developed skills landed him third place in the Latin America and Caribbeandivision.
“We’re proud to have such a talented team member shine on a world stage,” said Russell George, general manager of Hyatt Regency Trinidad. “Stephon works very hard to perfect his craft and we’re happy to be able to support him in his international endeavors.”
Scott qualified for the finals in India after winning at the national level. He was required to make six different cocktails for the six challenges in the competition and of the 422 total drinks concocted, all six of Scott’s were placed in the top 25 overall. In the local qualifier, Stephen’s creation in the Ron Zacapa (a 23 year-old rum) challenge earned him a three-day trip to visit the distillery in Guatemala.
“Even though I’ve always had a passion to entertain with flair bartending, this was my first-ever mixology competition, “stated Scott. “I’ve been able to sharpen my skills while working with a strong, supportive team at Hyatt Regency Trinidad.”