Kanto George to represent Antigua & Barbuda at Mount Gay Rum International Bar Tending Competition in Barbados on Tuesday


๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ @๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ผ – ๐—ต๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ @๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ Mount Gay Rum ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ง๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ๐˜๐—ต ๐—”๐˜‚๐—ด๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ Mount Gay Rum Barbadosย  ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง

Kanto hasย  over 18 years experience in bartending and was given his break as a Bartender at Big Banana Restaurant many years ago. While at the restaurant one day,ย  the bartender did not show up and he was asked to step in – which he did without much experience and succeeded.ย ย  During his career he has worked at some of the popular bars and night clubs in Antigua such as Coast Night Club, Bliss Night Club, J&J Sports Bar and JR Spot. In 2007 he began working for Quinn Farara and in 2014 was given the title of Events Supervisor.

๐‘ฐ๐’ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ, ๐‘ฒ๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’˜๐’๐’ ๐Ÿ† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’ˆ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ด๐’๐’–๐’๐’• ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’š ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’†๐’•๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘จ๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’–๐’‚ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’–๐’” ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‹๐’๐’–๐’๐’†๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’–๐’‘ ๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’š โ€ฆ.


โ€œ I was always fond of the art of mixology and decided to enter my first competition – The Angostura Global Cocktail Competition in 2012. I placed 2nd in the Antigua and Barbuda leg. From that day I started to deeply explore my skills as a mixologist. I entered another Angostura Global Cocktail Competition in 2015 and place 3rd. In 2017 I made it to The House Of Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge regional finals as a competitor but again I was unable to capture that 1st place title.


In 2020 during the pandemic I was contacted by Antigua Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association – ABHTA to do a cocktail presentation live to the Canadian Market and thatโ€™s where I first did my cocktail called โ€œParadiseโ€. The were no competitions held during the pandemic so I was unable to showcase my cocktail.ย  In January 2022, I started working at Jumby Bay Island Resortย  – a 5 star Diamond Resortย  as a bartender/mixologist. In June of 2022 one of my colleagues at work sent me the ๐•„๐• ๐•ฆ๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ ๐”พ๐•’๐•ช ๐•€๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฃ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• โ„‚๐• ๐•”๐•œ๐•ฅ๐•’๐•š๐• โ„‚๐• ๐•ž๐•ก๐•–๐•ฅ๐•š๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ flyer and said that when she first saw it, she saw me winning the competition and I should enter. I had to create an original cocktail for the competition and thatโ€™s when I remembered I had created the Paradise back in 2020 – with some tweaks and modifications, I decided to do my cocktail called Paradise for the competition. At the Mount Gay competition I was the third among 11 other competitors.ย  It was a tight competition because I went amongst some of Antigua and Barbudaโ€™s best known mixologists.


๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜™๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.โ€


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