|Posted by David on December 15, 2010 at 12:33 AM|
On the heels of a very successful TFL#2, the promoters decided to host TFL#3 just two short weeks later, on September 14.
The reason behind the decision was because there were two other flair bartending competitions taking place on the 13th and 15th. These competitions were a part of the FBA (Flair Bartending Association) advanced tour. The FBA is one of the main governing bodies for flair bartending in the world. Any time the FBA hosts an event, there are many bartenders that travel around the world to take top prize money, and to accumulate points for the over all world rankings. So it only made sense to host a Toronto Flair League competition in conjunction with the FBA shows.
All previous TFL competitions had been held at the Loose Moose tap and grill, however this time the Moose was to be closed for construction, so a new venue would have to host the event. After a brief search, the venue to host TFL #3 would be Jack Astor's John St. For the first time, Toronto would have three flair bartending competitions in three nights! Bartenders traveled from Reno Nevada and Las Vegas and would be competing in all three. That would mean for the first time, the Toronto Flair League would have outsiders competing at their show.
The stage was set. The roster was set. There were six bartenders competing in the Amateur division, and 15 in the Advanced, including the #1 ranked Advanced division bartender in the world, Santiago Gomez from Rock and Rita's in Las Vegas!
With a new venue and a new stage, the competition kicked off with newcomer Vadim Posodyan from the Amateur division. Traveling all the way from Nevada and competing in the Advanced division were Matt Baker and Kimo Mulder from Reno, and Ezequiel Abergo and Santiago Gomez from Las Vegas who headlined the show.
The show was the best to date. It was time for the results.
In his first competition Vadim Podosyan finished sixth, Jay Myers took fifth place, Amanda McCormick finished fourth, Defending Amateur champion Mark Broad finished in third place taking home $30, Mohammad Abazarifeh finished second in his first TFL competition taking home $40, and a new Amateur champion is crowned as Reed Pettit took top honours and the $50 prize.
For the Advanced division, the top 10 bartenders were introduced to the crowd. In his first Advanced division competition after two top three finishes in the Amateur division, Ryan DesJardins placed tenth. Kimo Mulder from Reno Nevada took ninth, Kris Perez finished in the eighth spot, Zack Prohaska ended up in seventh place followed by TFL #2 champion Michael Monthermoso who landed in sixth place. Fifth place was claimed by the TFL#1 champion David Jennings who finished 1 point behind Matt Baker of Reno Nevada. The TFL’s own Dustin Keifer cracked into the top three finishing in third place taking home $200. Second place went to Ezequiel Abergo from Las Vegas who received $300, and the New Toronto Flair League champion taking home the $500 prize was Santiago Gomez from Las Vegas.
TFL #3 was definitely a sign that the word is spreading quickly throughout the flair community that the Toronto Flair League is one of the biggest up-start flair bartending organizations in recent memory.
The fact that some of the best flair bartenders in the world are taking time to compete at TFL competitions shows that something is starting to take shape… TFL#4 is scheduled for October 25th 2010 and promises to be the biggest Toronto Flair League competition yet.
Until next time, keep flipping.