Get To Know Your Judges: André Duncan

My name is André Duncan and I’ve bartending for around 15 years. I fell in love with bartending for many reasons: I was drawn to it because to me, a bar created a different dynamic to human contact and interactions. Then, I discovered that creating cocktails could be an art form, a way to tell stories, create moments and memories and was a way to express myself, which brought me to embrace and become obsessed with cocktail competitions. I received different accolades nationally and internationally, but I always valued the creative process, research and hard work more than the results. I now work as Creative Director in a small craft distillery located in Saint-Romain, Quebec, and I consider it to be my dream job as it allows me to feel the same way I felt when I was learning the craft of bartending. The tools have changed, but the passion of creating remains the same. I’ve played with other people’s spirits for so many years, now I want to provide toys for bartenders to create cocktails that will make people happy.

 I would love to see 2 things from contestants this year: creativity and personality! Show me who you are, tell me a story that I believe, make me smile, make me cry, make me feel, make me dream.

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