By Michael Cheang
KUALA LUMPUR - The next time you want the best poured glass of Heineken beer in the world, go look for Malaysian bartender Eddy Jay Jaimin.
The 26-year-old Sabahan from The Beer Factory Express in Puchong, Selangor was crowned the Heineken World’s Best Bartender 2016 at the Heineken Global Bartender Final last night. He beat 15 other finalists from all over the world to win the title, which was held at Heineken’s headquarters in Amsterdam. He will now serve as an official brand ambassador for Heineken at events across the world.
The competition judges participants on their skill in pouring a glass of Heineken beer, as well as their consistency, professionalism, service, and flair.
Finalists were first put through a pole positioning round, followed by the main selection round and knockout round where Jaimin was consistently the top scorer for both. There was then a semi-final, and then the grand final, where Jaimin defeated the participant from New Zealand to win the title.
“It’s one of the greatest achievements of my career, to be the 2016 Heineken Global Bartender Champion. I received a lot of support from my colleagues and family in Malaysia and I’m looking forward to sharing my success with them,” he said after the event.
Judge Eric de Kock believes Jaimin stood out from the rest because of his natural talent, and commended, “All participants have extraordinary draught skills, but Eddy stood out with a certain flair that separated the good bartenders from the great ones.”