Bartender Ryan Adamson tasted gold last year, but this year he was determined to take top honours in the Taste of the Caribbean event held in Miami last week. And that he did.
Adamson, who walked away with bragging rights and the title of Bartender of the Year, was yesterday celebrated by his colleagues at Mount Gay Visitors Centre.
“I won a gold medal last year, so as a result of that I was actually quite hungry,” a humble Adamson said. “And it so worked out that the team took me. Coming into this year, I felt kind of bad that I only got the gold medal and I didn’t cop the entire prize. But the team comforted me by saying I didn’t do too badly. They were satisfied, I wasn’t. So this year, I made up in my mind that the cocktail I was going to take should be good enough to get me the prize. And I believe the team agreed with me and I had three solid cocktails.”
Adamson said he felt euphoric after realizing that his dream had come true.
“The feeling was great – achieving something that we wanted for over a year,” he said, adding that he listened to the song, My Dream by Nesbeth every day at 4:55 a.m. from last year until this year. “My dream is to live my dream, and my goal is to live my goal, and I accomplished it at the end of the day.”
Since Adamson took top honours this year, he will not be able to compete next year, but he is hoping to give back to the team in some form.
“I will see what the team has in store for me,” he said.
Bartender coach for this year, Jamal Bowen, said he was proud of Adamson to whom he will now hand over the coaching baton.
Other members of the wining culinary team were on hand and also received gifts from Mount Gay before they mixed and mingled with invited guests.