Shannon Doyle outpoured, outflared and outlasted three other bartenders Friday to win the title of Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls USA BARocker champion. She advances to the regional competition in Philadelphia.
Doyle was asked to make three mixed drinks in three minutes or less while mastering ingredients, look and taste. She also demonstrated her bartending prowess with a series of skill maneuvers and a concoction that poured a rainbow of different colors.
The judging panel included Kelly Lang, director of development and marketing at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center; Marc Frisicaro from Frizzy's Bar & Grill in Buffalo; famed local deejay and Rainbow Air Helicopter operator Pat Proctor; Vanessa Groeneveld, director of sales and marketing for Niagara Jet Adventures; and Joshua Maloni, managing editor at Niagara Frontier Publications.
BARocker winner Shannon Doyle behind the bar.
Thirteen regional champions from around the world will be flown to Orlando, Florida, for Hard Rock's annual Global Conference in January 2016 and the worldwide finals. The grand prizewinner will receive a global BARocker pin, "2015 BARocker of the Year" Fender guitar, trophy, apparel and a getaway for two to the winner's choice of one of Hard Rock's all-inclusive resort properties.
The global BARocker champion will have his or her winning drink featured on Hard Rock's beverage menu for a limited time.
BARocker judges Vanessa Groeneveld and Pat Proctor.
BARocker judges Marc Frisicaro and Kelly Lang.
BARocker judge Joshua Maloni with Claire Seveno, sales and marketing manager at Hard Rock Café Niagara Falls.