Gibson's Finest Iron Bar Competition at Players Chophouse

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Thanks to Kevin from FoodVancouver, I attended the Gibson’s Finest Iron Bar Competition at Players Chophouse yesterday afternoon.

Gibson's Finest

I admit, I’m not a big whisky drinker but I knew I couldn’t pass up this event (especially since I had such a good time at the Grey Goose Arbiter of Cool earlier this summer).

Canadian Whisky

After a quick education in Canadian whisky, the four mixologists / bartenders that were vying for the title and a spot at the Canadian championships took their places for the competition.

Sophie and "The Sophie"

Sophie Taverner of The Cascade Room


Frank Plater of the Fairmont Waterfront


Ryan Cheverie of Hamilton Street Grill

Judges with Justin

Justin Tisdall of Boneta

The judges were Raj Taneja of Urban Mixer (it was great to finally meet him in person), Jay Durant from Global TV, and Michael Schratter from 24 Hours.

Judges and Contestants

The idea was to do a sort of “Iron Chef” competition; there were three rounds with three different mystery ingredients which ended up being ginger (candied, fresh or ale), orange (fresh, marmalade, or juice) and lemon (fresh, soda, or juice).

Mystery Ingredient #2

Ryan and Sophie


Each contestant also had their own signature drink so we got to sample “The Justin”, “The Sophie”, “The Ryan”, and “The Frank”.

"THE" drinks

Justin ended up being the champion, receiving an oversized novelty cheque, a trip to Montreal for the Grey Cup and a spot at the national finals. His signature drink contained: 2oz Gibson’s Rye, 1/5th oz Amaretto, 2oz apple cider infused with orange dulce tea, and a chopped bird’s eye pepper.

Thanks to Gibson’s for the successful event and to Players for the delicious pairings. My photos are available in my Flickr set and Raj was also taking photos which will be up on his Flickr as well.

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  1. HezSaturday, October 4th, 2008 — 11:49am PDT

    Oh mah gah. I am so coming to this next time. Frank is awesome!

  2. Matt GolfcoversSaturday, October 4th, 2008 — 12:30pm PDT

    I’ve heard some goody things about this blog. The content has really been useful a great balance of text and pictures.

  3. Frances HuiSaturday, October 4th, 2008 — 2:44pm PDT

    Where was I? I LOVE Justin and all the boys at Boneta!

  4. ChrisSaturday, October 4th, 2008 — 5:53pm PDT

    Was that Paul Carson as emcee?

  5. Miss604Saturday, October 4th, 2008 — 5:54pm PDT

    @ Chris yes it was – there were quite a few people from TEAM1040 and QMFM (CHUM Radio Vancouver) there as well.

  6. ChrisSaturday, October 4th, 2008 — 8:16pm PDT

    I guess that David Pratt was there too, then? 😀

  7. Miss604Saturday, October 4th, 2008 — 8:27pm PDT

    He was supposed to be (from what I heard) but I didn’t see him

  8. RyanWednesday, October 8th, 2008 — 2:13pm PDT

    How come all the competitors have such flattering pics EXCEPT ME, if I ply you with free drinks at the Hammy can I get final say on any published photos 😉 Seriously though, that was a fun event. Nice blog btw. Ryan

  9. ChrisWednesday, October 8th, 2008 — 6:48pm PDT

    Pratt was a no show? He was talking about it the day before (I only put two and two together after you mentioned that 1040 was represented) and Taylor was giving him the gears about drinking Gibson’s over Crown.

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