MONIN CUP returns to KSA

MONIN CUP returns to KSA

Bidfood KSA and Georges MONIN SAS France will be hosting the second edition of the Saudi Monin Cup,  an international competition for professional beverage specialists. 

The Monin Cup challenges participants to demonstrate their creative skills while using MONIN products to craft signature mocktails.

Held in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian Chef Association, the Saudi Monin Cup invites all mixologists and beverage specialists from across the kingdom to apply online at Up for grabs is the Monin Champion title as well as a cash prize of up to 8,000 SAR. Applicants must be under 35 years old and have professional experience as a beverage mixologist, bartender, barista or be a student at a culinary center.

As part of the submission, applicants must send in one recipe, either a cold or a hot drink, and the same recipe must be used in the regional finals and national finals if they are selected. A local panel of judges will evaluate creations based on presentation, efficiency, execution, appearance, aroma, taste and respect for the theme. All submissions will be evaluated to select the top semi-finalists for each region: Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar. The results will then be announced during the fourth week of September.

The semi-finalists will compete in regional semi-finals held at the Bidfood culinary studios of each region (October 2 – Jeddah, October 3 – Khobar; October 5 – Riyadh)

The theme of the 2022 edition is “Sharing Memorable Moments.” The challenge for each competitor will be to conceive and present a mocktail that embodies the spirit of the theme, sharing not only a drink but also a true moment of togetherness.

The three regional champions will then compete at the Saudi Monin Cup final, which will be held on October 9, 2022, in Riyadh.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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