Matthew Burgos TGI Friday's Asia Pacific Flair Tending Champion

Alumnus Matthew Burgos graced us with his performance during the YHE opening. He recently won the Asia Pacific – Middle East TGI Friday’s Bartending Competition held in Beijing China. Matthew was the Philippines’ representative and he had to compete against the best TGI bartenders from Japan, China, Malaysia, Guam, Korea, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, and two representatives from China.

Criteria for judging consisted of:

Day1 Compulsory (50%) + Day 2 Free Style Flair tending = 100%

Day 1- Compulsory (50%)

10% Written exam – knowledge of 150 cocktail recipes (Matthew made only 1 mistake)

5 % Routine pour – pouring exactly 1 ¾ oz ( Matthew scored 64/64)

5% Multiple pour – 6 stacks of glasses, 2 rows each, using two bottles, must pour exactly 1 ¾ oz

10% Bar knowledge

10% Flair Test

10% Speed Round


Day 2 – Freestyle

50% 10 minute flair tending routine

Matthew will again be competing on February 24-25, 2008 for the World Bartending Championship competition in Las Vegas at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. He will be against 8 of the worlds best bartenders….grand prize is USD $11,000.


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