Dee Atan from The Dragon Chamber emerges as winning bartender at Singapore’s first-ever Moutai Sling Competition 2022.

The Dragon Chamber’s Dee Atan emerged the ultimate winner of the inaugural Moutai Sling Competition, out of a field of five finalists in a tense last round held last week at Cuba Libre.

Organised by Moutai Singapore and EC Wines, the first-ever Moutai Sling Competition required bartenders to come up with their own unique Moutai Sling based on the classic sling cocktail using Kweichow Moutai Prince and 135 East Hyogo Dry Gin. A total of 35 bartenders from bar and restaurant venues across Singapore participated.

Veteran bartender Atan – he did stints at Summerlong, Beats Bites & Cocktails, and most recently Ju Hua Tai – won the competition with a spirit-forward cocktail, Endless Dream. He walked away with a cash prize of S$1,000, and was named Moutai Singapore’s Brand Ambassador for 2022/2023. His cocktail was also served at Singapore’s National Day appreciation event, and at the National Day Parade 2022 VIP lounge.

Moutai Sling Competition 2022 Singapore - Top 5 Finalists
The top five finalists (left to right) – Dee Atan (The Dragon Chamber), Chen Meng (Basdban), Dhinesh Ragunathan (67 Pall Mall Singapore), Eric Lim (No.5 Emerald Hill), and Sam Teo (Stella Seaside Lounge). 

Atan beat out four other competitors in the finals. They included Sam Teo from Stella Seaside Lounge, Basdban’s Chen Meng, Eric Lim from No.5 Emerald Hill, and Dhinesh Ragunathan of 67 Pall Mall Singapore. 1st runner-up Eric Lim and 2nd runner-up Dhinesh Ragunathan were awarded S$600 and S$400 respectively.

The judging panel of Moutai Sling Competition 2022 included veteran bartenders/bar owners Andrew Yap of Papa Doble, and Ethan Leslie Leong of Maison Ikkoku and contemporary Singapore restaurant bar Sling.

Winner of Moutai Sling Competition 2022, Dee Atan, shared that he was inspired by turning his dream into a reality through sweat, determination, and hard work. 

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” Atan said.

Disclosure: The writer was a member of the judging panel.

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