Since the cable TV viewing public seems to have a big appetite for food programs, celebrity chefs nowadays are a dime a dozen. Cooking shows are like a hit record that has been so overplayed it sometimes reaches a viewer’s point of irritation. And the irony of it all, has anyone actually moved in their kitchen and followed the recipe that these Celebrity Chefs did in their cooking show?
Another irony about the immense popularity of F&B (food and beverage) on cable TV is that only Chefs has already achieved the status of being a “celebrity” and no bartender seem to have reached such a status. Though considered as a highly competitive profession, I have yet to know a Celebrity Bartender! I have yet to even read about a person with killer innovativeness on cocktail concoctions and inventions.
The same is true here in the Philippines. Unlike their culinary counterparts, recognized Filipino bartending greats unfortunately does not have celebrity statuses. And the Filipino bar and mixology scene seem to have remained quiet, dormant and snoozing.
This is until two young Filipino bartenders recently gave pride to the country in the bartending arena. Edmond King Mercadero and Genvic Silpao recently won the South East Asian Bartending Competition held last September 29, 2017 at the Sofitel Manila.
I was fortunate enough to have witnessed how both lads performed. Edmond King was suave, cool and gracious during the Classic Category competition while Genvic was brisk, lively and electrifying during the Flairtending event. It was no big surprise when Edmond King was adjudged the Champion in his category while Genvic came as a runner-up because of the height and degree of difficulty of throws he did in the Flairtending class.
Both young lads have yet to earn a PhD in cocktail revolution yet Edmond King and Genvic are starting to create a name for themselves in the world of mixology and bartending. Both are actually due to compete further in the international bartending stage later this year. Edmond King will again represent the Philippines and is due to compete at the World Bartending Championship in Copenhagen while Genvic will be in Kaohsiung Taiwan to also represent the Philippines in the 9th Gang-Dou Asia Cocktail Competition.
With no names popping up when you think of the Philippine bartending scene, I guess it would be reasonable enough to say that Edmond King and Genvic are the present Kings of Bartending.