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05.04.2010

Minnesota's Brian Zachau crowned 'Greatest T.G.I. Friday's® Bartender in the World'

T.G.I. Friday's has announced that Brian Zachau, a 32-year-old bartender from the Maple Grove, Minnesota T.G.I. Friday's restaurant, was crowned "The Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender in the World" at T.G.I. Friday's Worldwide Headquarters in Carrollton, Texas following an intense finals competition between ten elite mixologists (bartenders) from around the globe. Ram Ong, from the Philippines placed second and Atillia Farmasi, from Hungary, was third.

Nearly 7,000 Friday's bartenders from 60 countries entered this year's World Bartender Championship. The ten finalists exhibited their knowledge and showed off their flair through months of local, regional, divisional and national competitions to reach the finals. Friday afternoon's freestyle segment gave the competitors the ultimate stage to show off their flair techniques of tossing, balancing, mixing cocktails and flipping bottles in the air to choreographed music.

"These ten contestants represent the best of the best," said Nick Shepherd, president and chief executive officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, parent of T.G.I. Friday's. "Today's competition is a testament to Friday's heritage of having the best mixologists in the world."

With more than 900 restaurants in 60 countries, including approximately 600 restaurants in the US, T.G.I. Friday's offers, it says, ‘great food, innovative drinks and a unique experience filled with flair and a Thank God It's Friday's™ attitude’. The company is owned by Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc. which itself owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 60 countries. (kbp)


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