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For the first time, a bartender to represent India at Rémy Martin Bartender Talent Academy


One of the leading beverage professionals in India, Himanshu Desai is now selected for the prestigious Rémy Martin Bartender Talent Academy. Rémy Martin Bartender Talent Academy is amongst the most coveted bartending competitions in the industry.

The competition celebrates and hones the passions of global bartenders. The competition will be held this week in Cognac and Paris, which will see 11 finalists representing 9 nations, showcasing their talent.

With this, Himanshu Desai will become the first Indian bartender to compete in the Remy Martin Bartender Talent Academy.

Himanshu Desai has worked in Dubai for 4 years. Currently, he is a Beverage Manager with the Massive Restaurants group in Mumbai and specialises in creating modern cocktails which includes re-imagining classic cocktails with a contemporary twist.

Abhishek Parameswaran, Country Manager, India & Sub-continent at Rémy Cointreau, said, “We are delighted to have selected a bartender of Himanshu Desai's quality to represent India at this coveted global platform. This opportunity will help Himanshu to connect with the bartenders’ community in a very unique way and will give him an opportunity to showcase his skills to a global audience.”

About the competition, Abhishek Parameswaran said, “The Remy Martin Bartender Talent Academy selects the rising stars of the mixology industry, and we at Remy Martin are confident that everyone participating will have an unforgettable experience. We strongly believe in etching a long-term and genuine relationship with the bartending community, and support them as they aspire to become the most influential talents in the industry.”

Speaking about this opportunity to represent India at Remy Martin Bartender Talent Academy, Himanshu Desai said, “Remy Martin Bartender Talent Academy is among the most prestigious bartending competitions in the industry. I am very proud to represent India at this global platform and look forward to visiting the home of Remy Martin in Cognac. Meeting bartenders from all around the world will enable me to share my expertise and learn from their craft and experience.”

Every year through the Bartender Talent Academy, Rémy Martin scouts the globe to find the most passionate up and coming bartenders. These talented individuals are identified by the brand and their local bar communities as ones-to-watch in the industry with their skill and dedication. 

At the competition, each of these bartenders also showcases the exceptional passion and a unique “slash” personality which includes diverse interests. At Cognac, they will showcase an original Rémy Martin cocktail that embodies this “slash” persona. The competition's grand prize winner will receive 3000€ to realize one of his/her slashes.

Rémy Martin is the embodiment of Cognac Fine Champagne. The Bartender Talent Academy (BTA) is in line with Rémy Martin’s heritage as brand has pushed the boundaries to bring out the most exceptional talents of nature and people to unleash them in their products for nearly 300 years. 

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