Tim Philips entered the World Class Global finals in Rio yesterday with a bold splash.
There cannot have been many bartenders in this level of competition who would stand in front of Peter Dorelli and admit to having no idea about the drink he was about to make, and no conception of the flavours it would exhibit.
It was all an elaborate ruse however. Tim’s drink was an interactive experience, inspired by the chancy life of Bill Murray.
The judges rolled dice, picked a poker chip from a bag, and spun the key of fortune to discern their exact drink out of an astonishing 216 possible combinations offered up by six bitters, nine syrups and four infused ices.
The drink was stunning, the chat platinum. I believe that is what you call a good start.