Dublin City Centre
The Diplomatico Competition took place over four Mondays in October/November in different locations with the final being held in Nolita, Dublin.
Week 1 – 15th October – Chelsea Drugstore
Week 2 – 22nd October – Drury Buildings
Week 3 – 30th October – JT Pims
Week 4 – 5th November – Nolita – FINAL
To Enter, candidates had to submit a twist on a classic Daiquiri using Diplomatico Planas. The Judges narrowed these entries down to 15 finalists.
In the Heat you had to present your twist on the classic Daiquiri using Diplomatico Planas while also presenting your own signature cocktail using Diplomatico Mantuano (only 6 ingredients allowed).
The final involved the participants presenting their signature cocktail using Diplomatico Mantuano while also presenting a Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva cocktail using 6 ingredients out of a mystery box that they were presented with a few minutes before their turn. In this case the finalists had to be creative and think on their feet to impress the judges with their Reserva Exclusiva cocktail. This is a sipping rum that does not need much added to it so it was about finding the balance of creativity without being too complex.
The finalists were judged on the taste, quality and look of their cocktail but also on their charisma, competence and knowledge of the Diplomatico Brand.
Each week 5 competitors competed for 2 places in the final.
Finalsits: Place of Work:
Jhon C Loaiza Pygmalion
Helio Felipe FIRE Restaurant and Lounge – The Mansion House
Valentin Veliz The Grayson Dublin
David Kiernan Candlelight Bar Malahide
David Richard Coe Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Daniel Cronin Cask
The over winner was Daniel Cronin from Cask Cork who won €500 in cash and the title of Diplomatico Irish Champion 2018.
The judges throughout the competiton were:
Pat Thomas – Diplomatico World Tournament Irish Champion 2016/2017
David Guerrero – General Manager, The Chelsea Drugstore
Rob Murphy – Hospitality Consultant
We were delighted to be joined by Jon Lister, European Brand Ambassador for Diplomatico Rum as the Guest Judge for the final.