Speed Rack UK
Words by Paloma Alos
Photography by Director and Cinematographer - JP Lewis Produced by Pranav Arya
Speed Rack, the all-female bartender competition raising money for breast cancer, was back for its third UK event on Sunday 11 October 2015.
Chelsie Bailey, from Red Light in Bristol, triumphed following a well-fought series of challenges and strong competition from her fellow entrants.
19 leading female bartenders from across the UK took part in the competition, in the heart of London's Spitalfields Market in partnership with London Cocktail Week. The event raised money for the breast cancer charity, The Haven.
With JJ Goodman as host and keeping the energy levels high throughout the afternoon, each competitor was challenged to make a round of cocktails, selected by the judges from a list of the classics, in timed heats.
Chelsie Bailey wins a fabulous trip to the Anjou region of France. She'll visit the Cointreau distillery and join the Cointreau Bartender Academie.
Chelsie and all the competitors deserve big congratulations for their speedy and professional delivery of drinks, all while being cheered on by a crowd of hundreds of supporters.
Hanna Bixo, Hawksmoor Knightsbridge, London
India Blanch, Quiquiriqui, London
Sian Buchan, The Drink Cabinet UK, Edinburgh
Lilla Debreceni, Adventure Bar Covent Garden, London
Caroline Hoskins, The Walrus Room, London
Claire Houghton, The Alchemist Spinningfields, Manchester
Maria López Tello, Grill on the Alley, Manchester
Sophie Mackay, Barrio Bars, London
Sarah Mitchell, Adventure Bar group, London
Rosie Paterson, The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Olesia Postnova, Opium, London
Kelsey Ramage, London
Christina Schneider, Happiness Forgets, London
Jennifer Spencer, Hawksmoor Spitalfields , London
Lauren Taylor, Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London
Kaiko Tulloch, The Lucky Liquor Co, Edinburgh
Elizabeth Ward, The Liars Club, Manchester
Lottee Weaver, Adventure Bar Covent Garden, London.
The judging panel: Jake Burger, Ryan Chetiyawardana, Anistasia Miller and Sandrae Lawrence.