April 10


Photography By Nicholas Chan
MADE WITH LOVE is the annual event which helps us to discover the city’s unique cocktail scene . On April 8th, the 10th edition of the Toronto Regional Finals took place at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, and we were impressed by the cocktails, the flavours and the food.

It was a spectacular event which offered the top industry Barchefs in Toronto’s cocktail culture.
Last Monday, it was the last two Regional Finals for MADE WITH LOVE’S 2018-2019 season, with The NATIONAL FINALS coming in May!
The tickets for the event included a complete tasting of all showcased cocktails, food-pairings as well as a right to vote for your favourite cocktail creation.

The most talented Barchefs from Toronto’s bartending community were warming up to compete at MADE WITH LOVE!
The regional finalists presented exclusive cocktail recipes to impress guests and a panel of renowned judges.
Judges and attendees faced the challenging (and delicious!) task of tasting and evaluating their creations based on
originality, creativity and flavour balance.

Tyler Congdon – Bar Sazerac
Axl Gonzalez – Los Colibris
Jordan Fricker-Vermeltfoort – The Mule
Alex Lakusta – Miss Thing’s
Adam Karpowicz – The Broadview Hotel
Kyle Rist – Mixologist Inc
Albert Chan – Victor Restaurant
Derick Dubblestyne – Antler
Jess Morton – Drinksmith
Mpilo Ferreira – Bar Sazerac
Julian Manley – Labora Restaurant & Bar
Natasha Rossi – Madrina Bar Y Tapas
Ana Marcelino – Independent
Blaise Couturier – Bar Sybanne
Nathanial Jai Smallwood-Wallace – Independent
Griffin Harbury – Mother Tongue
John Y Ko – Marché Mövenpick Canada

The two crowned winners of each category, Public’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, will represent Toronto at the National
Finals taking place in the spring! The finalists will try to win the coveted title of best Barchef in the country, and have a chance to win one of 10 trips to one of the MADE WITH LOVE affiliated distilleries :

2 trips to Italy with Campari
2 trips to Nicaragua with Flor de Caña
2 trips to New Orleans with Sazerac
2 trips to Kentucky (USA) with Woodford Reserve
2 trips with MADE WITH LOVE

Here were the winners:

Congratulations to all 16 finalists who showed an amazing amount of creativity, dedication and of course fun. The two winners of the night! JUDGES CHOICE: 1. Kyle Ferreira – Bar Sazerac 2. Tyler Congdon – Bar Sazerac 3. Alex Lakusta – Miss Thing’s PUBLIC’S CHOICE: 1. Derick Dubblestyne – Antler 2. Adam Karpowicz – The Broadview Hotel 3. John Y Ko – Marché Mövenpick Canada.

We would like to thank Florence D. SimonNational Event Planner MADE WITH LOVE | TRIBUTEÉcole de Bar MADE WITH LOVE Bar School for the invitation to this event.