Dallas to host the 'Top Ten T.G.I. Friday's® Bartenders in the World'

CARROLLTON, Texas | March 18, 2010

Here are details on the "Top Ten T.G.I. Friday's Bartenders in the World" competition:

WHO: The Top Ten T.G.I. Friday's restaurants bartenders in the world!

Ten Larger than Life mixologists (bartenders) from around the globe will compete on Friday, March 26 for the title of "Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender in the World."

The T.G.I. Friday's® World Bartender Championship (www.worldbtc.com) features competitors who excel in showmanship (flair bartending) while serving up responsible fun, innovative drinks and provide legendary service to their guests in 60 countries. They include:

  • Joey Torres, US Briad Franchise Division Champion (Riverside, CA)

  • Gabby Stzancsik, US Northeast Division Champion (Watchung, NJ)

  • Albert Brown, Jamaica Champion (Kingston, Jamaica)

  • Santiago Emeric, US Southeast Division Champion (Orlando, FL)

  • Johan Bergstrom, Norway Champion (Oslo, Norway)

  • Brad Kaplan, US Texas/Colorado Division Champion (Thornton, CO)

  • Raminad Ong, Philippines Champion (Manila, Philippines

  • Jessica Perrine, US Mid-Atlantic Division Champion (Towson, MD)

  • Attila Farmasi, Hungary Champion (Budapest, Hungary)

  • Brian Zachau, 5-time Defending US Champion, US Midwest Division Champion (Maple Grove, MN)

    WHEN: Friday, March 26, 2010 3:30 p.m. local (Central) time

    WHERE: T.G.I. Friday's World Headquarters 4201 Marsh Lane Carrollton, Texas 75007

    NOTE: The T.G.I. Friday's World Bartender Championship is NOT open to the public. Only credentialed media will be granted access to the event. TV crews should plan to arrive early for optimum filming space.

    WHY: To Determine T.G.I. Friday's® Greatest Bartender in the World!

    WHAT: Nearly 8,000 Friday's bartenders from 60 countries entered this year's World Bartender Championship. The championship consists of three segments - compulsory, speed round and freestyle - as well as a comprehensive skill test.

    The must-see media event represents Friday's longstanding heritage, knowledge, expertise and innovation in the beverage industry. The competition began back in the late 80s as a challenge between bartenders and has grown into a full representation of the Friday's brand, one of the most recognized brands in the world.

    Originators of the now-famous, trend-setting, bottle tossing "flair" style of bartending, Friday's bartenders are world renowned for their accuracy and precision, their larger than life personalities and their award-winning ability to entertain guests around the world.

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