Stavros Loumis beat out nine other finalists at the local, regional and divisional levels in 2014. These 10 finalists ousted more than 8,000 bartenders from over 900 TGI Fridays restaurants in 60 countries around the world.
TGI Fridays has crowned Stavros Loumis of Larnaca, Cyprus the World’s Greatest Bartender at the 24th annual World Bartender Championship (WBC) in Dallas.
Loumis’s perfectly precise cocktails, engaging personality and unreal bottle flair enabled him to earn top honors as the Greatest Bartender in the World, said TGI Fridays on Friday.
After undergoing rigorous tests on products, ingredients and recipes, the finalists competed in a showdown at the House of Blues in Dallas in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators.
They showed their best flair moves and mixed drinks – proving they have what it takes to both engage with their guests and execute flawless mixology techniques.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to be named the World’s Greatest Bartender,” said Loumis. “I competed against so many really talented bartenders from all over the world. I’m so proud to be a TGI Fridays bartender and can’t wait to celebrate back home in Cyprus!”
Throughout the local, regional and division bartender competitions leading up to the World Bartender Championship, Fridays restaurants raised $200,000 for Feeding America, a leading domestic hunger-relief charity, through local events and raffles.
Funds will be distributed to member food banks across the country to help the 49 million Americans who struggle with hunger.