Long Island Cares, Inc. is pleased to announce that T.G.I. Friday’s has donated $8,134.73 to support our work towards feeding the hungry on Long Island from the proceeds of The World Bartender Championship.
The World Bartender Championship represents Friday’s®; longstanding heritage, knowledge, expertise and innovation in the beverage industry. The competition began back in the late 80s as a challenge between bartenders and has grown into a full representation of the T.G.I. Friday’s® brand, a leader in the casual dining industry and one of the most recognized brands in the world.
Beginning in August, local competitions are held throughout the world to determine the best bartender at each restaurant. Local winners advance to regional and then division competitions for a chance to compete in the ultimate event – T.G.I. Friday’s World Bartender Championship.Most competitions are open to the public. The 2012 competitions are happening now – join the fun and find a competition in your area.
In March 2013, the new champion, Hiroyuki “Mark” Yamada of Tokyo, Japan was named the World’s Greatest Bartender and joined the ranks of 2012 champ David Kringlund, 2010 champ Attila Farmasi and 2009 champ Brian Zachau. After besting 9 other finalist hopefuls, Yamada was crowned and awarded the prize of $10,000.