Remember the movie Cocktail? The 1980’s romantic comedy starring Tom Cruise as a working class bartender in New York City, where he pushes his dream aside from wanting to become a business man, to eventually becoming a professional bartender where he and his friend put on acts at the bar for entertainment and mainly tips? Well the bartending experience not only doesn’t stop at the theatre or at a bar near you, but is in fact an art of sport for many such as Montréal native Oliver-Pierre Trempe who aims to showcase the art of bartending in his annual bartending competition Made With Love.
Always being in awe of the bartending culture and its skill, Oliver-Pierre Trempe decided to leave his job in the makeup industry and invest full-time in showcasing bartenders and their craftsmanship. “I always thought bartending was cool. I always said I would like to be able to do that, but I never could. But I always thought they were cool. Working with their hands and the night life, so I really wanted to work with them in a creative way, and that was my way to express it.” – says Tempre jokingly.
From Made with Love’s inception in 2009 held in Old Montréal, it has garnered its competitors and attendees from its beginnings of eight bartenders and 100 attendees, to the more than 100 competitors and 1,000 attendees that this edition has. The annual competition is one of the most anticipated mixology competitions – for bartenders and guests alike – in all of Canada as well as Mexico City, and brings bartenders from all over the province and international city to take part in the fun and creative competition.
As entertaining as the competition sounds, participants must be prepared for hard work and bring out their most coveted ingredients to take part in the three step annual competition: qualifier, city finals and national’s finals. In the qualifier round, there are 30-50 mixologist competing, then between 20-25 mixologists are selected to participate in the city finals; then later on, 14 finalists compete to win two trips to selected distilleries around the world.
With Toronto being the final city competing for the city finals title, the general audience is invited to take part in the experience that is Made With Love and enjoy the food and drinks that will be served all night, as well as experience the art of mixology put on by each bartender. “There is for sure skills. There is the base, you need to know your spirits and your flavour profile. So everything that is knowledge in culinary and the spirit industry. And once you actually know that, it’s your style and creativity,and once you got style and creativity and you have a good base, you’re getting closer to the great mixologist. Then of course there’s your presentation, how you present the drinks and dress yourself; the way you talk about your cocktails and expose your drink.” – explains Tempre.
Having finalists prepare two months prior for the city finals in order to finalize and spruce their cocktails up skills and overall their presentation, Made With Love knows that audiences won’t be disappointed with what Canada and Mexico’s brightest and creative mixologists have to bring.
More than just mixing drinks, Made With Love proves that art and skill come in all forms; and an alcoholic beverage is definitely one of them.
For more information about Made With Love and their contestants, as well as buy a ticket ad attend their city finals in Toronto on April 4th, visit their website at www.enjoyMadeWithLove.com