‘Iron Bartender’ Competition Celebrates ‘Cocktail Renaissance’

If you’re familiar with the television cooking show Iron Chef, then you’re at least familiar with the general premise of the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild’s Iron Bartender competition.

It’s pretty simple: Bring in some talented culinary professionals, throw some surprise ingredients at them and see the creative ways they use said ingredients to create something delectable.

Much like the show, the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild’s event brings in a panel of judges to determine the mixologists’ fate, adds an element of stress with a time limit and keeps competitors guessing with unconventional secret ingredients. October’s competition saw bartenders figuring out how to work squid ink into cocktails — but the fight is not over.

Full article at Revue Magazine…