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    Tip of the glass to our 2013 World's Greatest Bartender, Michigan's Andy Hool.

    The World Bartender Championship represents Fridays' longstanding heritage, knowledge, expertise and innovation in the beverage industry. Cheers, Andy.
     
    Andy bested 11 other expert bartenders to become the 2013 World's Greatest Bartender. His product knowledge and compulsory and freestyle performances resulted in the 23nd Annual World Bartender Championship crown.
     
    Cheers to our Fan Favorite, Jessica Myers.
      • Santiago Emeric

        US

        Bio

        Hometown: Orlando, FL

        History with Fridays: Since 2008

        How Long Bartending: 8 years

        What are your Future Plans? Finish school.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? Run, golf and watch movies.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? A beer, nice and simple.

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? Too many :)

      • Ben Schaefer

        US

        Bio

        Hometown: Orange, CT

        History with Fridays: 11 years

        How Long Bartending: Almost the last 7

        Funniest Thing To Happen To You On A Shift? Watching a five foot nothing employee get tackled and taken down by a dozen US Marshalls in the parking lot.

        What Are Your Future Plans? To continue advancing my education and degree, also plan my wedding coming up next year!

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? Spend time with my friends and family, watch sports, play golf, Crossfit, and relax on the beach.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? Don Julio on the rocks with a lime. Because it is simple, to the point, and gets the job done!

        Have You Been In Any Other Competitions? Only TGIFriays events. Last year was my first trip to Nationals and finished 3rd. This year tied for 1st, and now my chance to compete at the World competition! It’s still a surreal feeling!

        Anything else? I just want to take a moment and thank all of those who have always been there to support and push me throughout my career. Especially those who have advance my flair and bartending knowledge to the next level. Also my other half Ashley, which without her patience, persistence, and unwavering support I wouldn’t be where I am today. This is an opportunity I never thought would happen. I am thankful for every time I wake up alive, healthy, and ready to seize another day. Good luck to all of the competitors at this year’s World Bartending Competition!

      • Jessica Myers

        US

        Bio

        History with Fridays: 15 years

        How Long Bartending: 14 years

        Funniest Thing to Happen To You On a Shift? There is always something hilarious in every shift, but one time about 13 years ago while I was working for TGIF VA beach, John and Scott, two other bartenders, picked me up and put me in the beer trough full of bottles of beer. It was also a very busy Friday night.

        What are your Future Plans? To continue being a rock star mom and hopefully become the first female TGIF WBC Champion!

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? I love spending time with my family and teaching my daughter to be a ninja. I love hanging out with friends and enjoying good food and spirits. I also love any chance I get to travel with my family.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? A shot of fireball because just like the liquour, I can be both sweet and fiery….so watch out!

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? I have been competing for five years and this is my second consecutive appearance at the TGIF WBC finals! I’m so excited!

        Anything else? KEEP CALM AND CHIVE ON!!!

      • Alexander Barrenechea Gargurevich

        Latin America

        Bio

        Hometown: Lima, Peru

        History with Fridays: My history with TGIF started in 2008 as a barbarck. To be a bartender, I competed in my first TGIF WBC store level and I loved it. Since then I been fighting to get to the world finals, and finally I’m here to show my best!

        How Long Bartending: 5 Years and 8 Months

        Funniest Thing to Happen To You On a Shift? One night a customer bet me that I couldn’t juggle three bottles and I told him I could do it. Three minutes and three bottles in the air later, I finished by breaking a plasma TV.

        What are your Future Plans? Study English, lose some weight and win the competition.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? Practice flair, watch movies, and spend time with my beautiful girlfriend.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? Lynchburg Lemonade, because is the most popular drink in Fridays (like me in the bar!)

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? Yes TGIF WBC Regional Level Perú (2008 – 2009 1st – 2010 3rd – 2012 1st 2013 1st) TGIF WBC Divisional Level Panamá (2009 4th) Trinidad y Tobago (2012 3rd) Perú (2013 1st)

        Anything else? I wish the best for everybody, mucho show mucho flair!!

      • Alejandro Silva

        US

        Bio

        Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

        History with Fridays: 7 years

        How Long Bartending: 8 years

        Funniest Thing To Happen To You On A Shift? Guest ordered a Gin & Juice; I asked, “what juice?” Guest replied, “Whatever the song says.” Lol.

        What Are Your Future Plans? Putting a ring on it. What? Oh snap!!!

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? What is this “spare time” you speak of?

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? Heaven In Your Mouth. Really?

        Have You Been In Any Other Competitions? Some local competitions, but mostly Fridays.

        Anything else? Just want to thank my girlfriend, kids, family and friends for all of the support they have given me.

      • Roque Zubia

        US

        Bio

        Hometown: Hagerstown, MD

        History with Fridays: 1 Year

        How Long Bartending: 13 Years

        What are your Future Plans? To work on the corporate operations side of the TGI Fridays Brand.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? Busy being a family man.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? The Best Friday’s Margarita aka The BFM. It small in statue, but big in quality and personality.

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? Yes. Hagerstown, MD Tournament Champion, South DC Tournament Regional Champion and Mid Atlantic National Division Tournament Champion.

        Anything else? Simply honored to compete on this world level stage.


      • World Bartender Champion - Andy Hool

        Dallas, TX
        February 27, 2014

      • Genrev Paul Bacasno

        Asia

        Bio

        Hometown: Manilla, Philippines

        History with Fridays: I’ve been working in Fridays for 4 years and am a back-to-back champion in the Philippines for 2012 and 2013. I’m also the 2013 Asia Pacific Champion of TGI Fridays.

        How Long Bartending: 4 years

        Funniest Thing to Happen To You On a Shift? I asked the guest how he wants his steak cooked; rare, medium rare, medium, medium well or well done? The guest replied, “I’m still full, so I’ll get the small size.” He thought I was asking for the size of the steak.

        What are your Future Plans? My future plan is to become a general manager and train great bartenders at Fridays.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? During my spare time I practice my flair, eat at different restaurants, go to church and sleep.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? I would be a Classic Mojito. It may be unusual, but it is famous and the number one best seller in the Philippines.

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? Fridays competitions only.

        Anything else? It’s time to bring back the pride and honor for the TGI Fridays Philippines. We have the best corner bar that allows me to show it to you. See you in the finals and have fun everyone.

      • Katie Livezey

        US

        Bio

        Hometown: West Plano, TX

        History with Fridays: Bartender at Fridays for 4 years

        How Long Bartending: 10 years

        What are your Future Plans? To be happy and successful.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? Read, craft and billards.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? A Piña Colada because every day I want to be on the beach.

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? This is my first WBC competition!

      • Stavros Loumis

        Europe

        Bio

        Hometown: Nicosia, Cyprus

        History with Fridays: 5 years

        How Long Bartending: 2 years

        What are your Future Plans? To make my bartending skills to reach their peak.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? Listen to music, go to the cinema, and travel.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? A Long Island iced tea because it’s classic and it was created in Fridays.

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? Fridays WBC divisional level 2011, 2012.

      • Andy Hool

        US

        Bio

        Hometown: Canton, MI

        History with Fridays: 7 years

        How Long Bartending: 5 1/2 years

        Funniest Thing to Happen To You On a Shift? We spilled beer on a baby.

        What are your Future Plans? To take care of my TGI Fridays guests.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? Raise a beautiful little girl.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? Nutty Irishman because “Coffee is for Closers”.

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? Yes

        Anything else? I have never had a bad day in my life!

      • Russell Ward

        UK

        Bio

        Hometown: Sheffield, UK

        History with Fridays: 9 Years

        How Long Bartending: 9 Years

        Funniest Thing to Happen To You On a Shift? Somebody once asked me where the bar was while I was standing behind it!

        What are your Future Plans? To keep bartending at a high level and to help coach new Fridays bartenders around my region.

        What Do You Do In Your Spare Time? I love chilling out with Claire and sharing a bottle of Prosecco.

        If You Were a Drink, What Would You Be? The Hinky Dink, strong and full of Rum.

        Have you Been In Any Other Competitions? I have entered many Flair competitions around the UK.

      • Ashley Morley

        UK

        Bio

        Hometown: Guildford, UK

        History with Fridays: Joined 3 years ago. Entered my first competition with Fridays 2 years ago and came in 2nd in the UK. Entered the next year and won.

        How long Bartending: 3 Years

        What are your future plans? Want to train future World Bartender Champions.

        What do you do in your spare time? Train

        If you were a drink what drink would you be and why? I would be a Mai Tai. Translated it means “Out of this World!”

        Have you been in any other Competitions? Roadhouse Flair Competitions and 2nd TGI Fridays World competition.