Ottawa stunned by the talent of 15 regional finalists at the MADE WITH LOVE competition!
The entire Ottawa bar community and cocktail enthusiasts gathered last Monday to experience, for the first time, their very own regional edition of Made With Love, Canada’s largest mixology competition. Contestants have excelled by offering ‘’out of the box’’ creations that dazzled the epicurean crowd at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park from 6 to 11 PM. The 16 regional finalists, who had been selected during the qualifying round held in January at Fauna, competed for the Public’s Choice and Jury’s Choice Awards in an atmosphere that awakened the senses. The barchefs doubled with ingenuity, and weren’t about to let down the crowd of 500 cocktail lovers who showed to support their local bartending scene.
Who was crowned the great winner? For its first-ever Ottawa edition, MADE WITH LOVE is proud to announce that Jason Frederick, representing the Common Eatery, won the Public’s Choice Award with his Tequila-based creation and Julian Bernard, representing Fauna, won the Jury’s Choice Award with his gin-based cocktail.
This well-deserved victory means that these two barchefs will be competing against Canada’s best mixologists at the MADE WITH LOVE finale, on May 16th in Montreal.
Both finalists will try to bring home the title of Canada’s Best Barchef along with a trip to one of our partner’s distilleries.
Official competition results:
1. Julian Bernard – Fauna Ottawa
2. Simon Hodgson – Riviera Ottawa
3. Cristin Price – Bar Laurel
1. Jason Frederick – Common Eatery
2. Julian Bernard – Fauna Ottawa
3. Christopher Vachon – Salt Dining + Lounge
Julian Bernard’s winning recipe:
Hot Cup Time Machine
Black Pepper Syrup
Food pairing: Deconstructed corn dog
Jason Frederick’s winning recipe:
The Mexican Stand Off
Fresh Rosemary lime juice
Agave pomegranate reduction
Bittered Sling Lem Marrakech Bitters
Food pairing: Salted Tequila lime sorbet
Thanks to our precious partners:
1800 Tequila / Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum /Bittered Sling Bitters / Campari / Disaronno / Skyy Vodka / Ungava Gin / Wild Turkey