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04.12.2009

Minnesota's Brian Zachau wins Midwest division title of T.G.I. Friday's® World Bartender Champion

T.G.I. Friday's has announced that five-time US Champion Brian Zachau of the Maple Grove, Minnesota T.G.I. Friday's restaurant defeated other top Larger than Life mixologists from across the Midwest last week to advance to the finals of T.G.I. Friday's® World Bartender Championship. Zachau will be making his seventh straight trip to the finals where he will face nine other finalists from around the globe for the title of "Greatest T.G.I. Friday's Bartender in the World." All funds raised from the annual event benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

"I've very excited to make my seventh straight trip to the World Bartender Championship. Each year, the competition gets tougher and tonight was a big win for me," said Midwest Division champion Zachau. "I look forward to preparing myself to face the best T.G.I. Friday's bartenders in the world.

According to the information provided, the divisional competition consisted of three segments - compulsory, speed round and freestyle - as well as a comprehensive skill test. The 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. Overall, more than 8,000 Friday's® bartenders from 60 countries are testing their knowledge and skills in their quest to reach the finals of the World Bartender Championship which will be held in early 2010.

With more than 900 restaurants in 60 countries, including approximately 600 restaurants in the U.S., 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., a privately held company belonging to Minneapolis-based Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality, travel and marketing industries. As of November 2009, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 60 countries. (kbp)


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