Sunday, October 26, 2020, marked the Grand Final of the Van Gogh Vodka Masterpiece Cocktail Competition.
Six contestants from two categories (professional and home bartenders) competed virtually to win the hearts and palettes of the judges.
Frank Russen, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, judged the Home Bartender contributions, crowning Adam Bauer of Dallas, Texas with his Vanilla Espresso Afogado (Van Gogh Double Espresso) as winner. Along with the prestige and fanfare, Adam won a $1,500 cash prize.
Professional category judges, The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash, and Chilled Media Publisher, Jeff Greif, had their work cut out for them; each of the three finalists created unique and beautiful cocktails. After careful consideration, a winner was chosen – Kay Mohammad, of Detroit, Michigan with her Golden Hour (Van Gogh Pineapple) cocktail! Kay won not only a grand prize of $2,500, but an additional $1,000 donation to a charity of her choice. Kay will be donating to Jovan’s Godly Embrace, a charity that supports those with mental illness.