world with his cocktail mastery. He beat 18 others in the three-day contest, hosted by chef Marco Pierre White and organ- ised by drinks company Diageo -- which owns brands such as Smirnoff, Guinness and Gordons. The competition took place across bars and restaurants including Fifty, The East Room, Milk And Honey, and the Whole Foods store in Kensington, where com- petitors picked fresh produce. The barmen, from as far afield as Venezuela, Korea and the Cayman Islands were judged on their selection of cock- tails, flair, and how they matched food and drink. Mr Papadopoulos, 41, was named world class bartender of the year 2009 at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street. He said: It was tough but I am now a barkeeper with recognition. People should give more respect to bartenders because we are always there. Sadness, happiness -- every time, all the time. Mr Papadopoulos, a bar- man for 25 years, said his favourite cocktail was his signature drink, called Discernment Blue, made of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Greek saffron, fresh mint leaves, lime juice and agave syrup. A GREEK cocktail mixologist has beaten thousands of competitors to be crowned bartender of the year at a ceremony in London. After a global competition which saw 6,000 bartenders from 24 countries shake, stir and pour their way through a year of national heats, Aristotelis Papadopoulos claimed the title. The barman from Thessaloniki won the award last night after impressing some of the biggest names in the drinks London Lite Friday, 17 July 2009 15 cocktail champ beats 6,000 to be crowned bartender of the year Football coachis shotdead A MURDER probe was under way today after a football coach was shot dead by a masked gunman as he arrived at a training session. Ryan Musgrove, 36, coach of amateur Coney Hall FC, was shot several times as team-mates looked on in West Wickham, south London, last night. The gunman pedalled away on a mountain bike. Police suspect the killing may be gang-related. Mr Musgrove is thought to have lived in South Norwood, south London. by mark blunden the capitals best mixer ... bar none a taste for the blues Create your own version of aristotelis Papadopouloss Discernment Blue signature cocktail, which costs 50 (43) in his Banquet bar in thessaloniki. take one measure of Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky, mix with Greek saffron and add some fresh mint leaves. then squeeze in fresh lime and finish off with sweet agave syrup, mix up and enjoy. Raising the bar: champion Aristotelis Papadopoulos H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html