One tot more for the final

2015-07-07 06:00
Cape Town’s Assaf Yechiel will go head to head with other mixologists in the national final of a global bartending competition.

Cape Town’s Assaf Yechiel will go head to head with other mixologists in the national final of a global bartending competition.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Assaf Yechiel can boast that he started his career path to bartending at five years old, when he mixed his first drink of cough syrup and Oros.

He is now a regional finalist in the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year competition.

The competition is considered the largest and most prestigious event of its type, aiming to elevate the skill of bartending and set trends in the service industry worldwide.

Yechiel, who works at Orphanage Cocktail Emporium in the city centre, will now go head to head with his counterparts from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in the national finals, to be held in Johannesburg from 14 to 16 July.

The competition is demanding, Yechiel explains, with mixologists required to complete three challenges.

“The participants will be pulling out all the stops to be crowned champion. Expect to see mind-blowing serves and techniques, wonderful theatrics, outrageous flavour combos and perhaps even a good story or two,” he says.

While Yechiel names his signature drink as tequila, he has also claimed a style of cocktails combining a spirit, tea syrup and wine.

But Yechiel’s secret weapon is curiosity.

“It takes curiosity to train for something like this; curiosity about ingredients, flavour combos, bar techniques, spirit knowledge, and just about anything that remotely captures you. It all entails a lot of research,” he says.

The global finals are also set to take place in Johannesburg and will bring a huge boost to the local industry, Yechiel believes.

“The country’s top bars have been gearing themselves up for the competition, where we will be seeing the most influential names in the industry setting foot on our shores. The exposure will be paramount to furthering the South African bar scene,” he says.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.