Among the finalists in the T.G.I. Friday’s World Bartender Championship were, from left: Aaron Hardy, of Orlando, Fla.; Andy Hool, of Canton, Mich.; Jessica Myers, of Vestal, N.Y.; and Kristian Mihailin, of Las Vegas.
Also among the finalists in the T.G.I. Friday’s World Bartender Championship were, from left: Joachim Reichel, of Oslo, Norway; Russell Ward, of Sheffield, U.K.; Chantry Coffman, of Dallas; Scott Christian, of Beavercreek, Ohio; and Paul Gil, of Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Emcee and bar expert Jon Taffer waits for the announcement of the winner with Nick Shepherd, president and chief executive of Friday’s parent Carlson Restaurants Worldwide.
Jessica Myers, of Vestal, N.Y., points at her cheering section with Taffer.
Winner Hiroyuki “Mark” Yamada, of Tokyo.
Hiroyuki “Mark” Yamada receives the winning propeller.
Ten T.G.I. Friday's bartenders competed for the "World's Best Bartender" title at the brand's World Bartender Championship in Dallas. Here's a look at the finalists and others at the competition.