MONIN Cup Final 2018: celebrating diversity!

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The MONIN Cup Final 2018 took place in France on the 11 & 12 of december. 46 competitors were here to celebrate the "Origins". 


Our theme: Mix your Origins

With 46 countries taking part this year, our theme is “Mix your Origins”, celebrating cultural diversity and championing the best of the local and natural ingredients. We wanted contestants to ‘go back to their roots’ and bring together native ingredients from their home country mixed with a dash of their local culture to create a truly international cocktail.

Review of the final competition 

Organised every two years, the fifth edition of the International MONIN Cup got underway on 12 December, at the Pavillon Gabriel in the heart of Paris, with the theme « Mix Your Origins ».
Forty-six competitors came from the four corners of the world to experience an intense day, charged with emotion in Paris: during the day they took part in a competency test at Harry’s Bar, a masterclass at the MONIN Studio and a tour of the capital before arriving at the Pavillon Gabriel, not far from the Champs-Elysées. The Pavillon Gabriel had been completely redecorated for the occasion, with a flavours market taking centre stage in an already impressive room thanks to its Gustave Eiffel architecture and eight-metre high ceiling.

The evening began with a presentation of MONIN diplomas to all the candidates, the introduction of the judging panel and then the announcement of the ten finalists.

The finalists were judged on their cocktail « Mix Your Origins » presented the day before in Bourges and on the competency test that took place earlier that day in Paris. The ten successful finalists are :


▪ Eduardo MARTINEZ RODRIGUEZ - Spain
▪ Anastasios KARAFOULIDIS - Greece
▪ Mark BUBERT - Estonia
▪ Kevin ABBÜHL - Switzerland
▪ Dimitrios SAVVAIDIS – United Kingdom
▪ Emin GAFAROV - Azerbaïjan
▪ Giacomo ALBIERI - Italy
▪ Wang ZEE - China
▪ Nicholas CROUSE – South Africa
▪ Aleksandr SLASTIN - Ukraine

The finalists had the chance to take part in a blind cocktail challenge, with the recipe created and explained on stage by David Rios. Then, they were invited to prepare for their final test: the Mystery Box. The concept was simple: come up with a cocktail using the ingredients in the box, one of which was a mystery ingredient, MONIN Originale Liqueur.

The results were announced at the end of the evening, by the Director General Henri de Cugnac and by Olivier Monin himself: Dimitrios SAVVAIDIS from UK took first place to a torrent of applause, followed by Wang ZEE from China in second and Nicholas CROUSE from South Africa in third place.

Learn more by downloading our press release here. 

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The 10 final candidates

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The winner: Dimitrios Savvaidis from UK

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The 3 winners

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The 46 candidates

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