Trinidad and Tobago calls champion New Zealand cocktail maker

On February 2 the Englishman is jetting to Trinidad and Tobago, a twin island country off the coast of Venezuela.

There he will compete in the Angostura Global Cocktail, competing alongside some of the best bartenders in the world for US$10,000.

Born and raised in London, Attfield now lives in Eden Terrace. He arrived in Auckland just three months ago after his visa ran out while living in Melbourne.

Attfield says he never intended to be a competition bartender – he entered on a whim after being encouraged by a friend.

“I thought while I’m here I may as well do it so I just knocked up a couple of drinks and it happened to go pretty well.”

Attfield is already a part-owner of the Gin Room, a prestigious establishment on Vulcan Lane.

Career bartending was a natural calling for him after sitting in an office for two years drove him to boredom.

“I think it’s the constant interaction and getting to meet new people every day,” Attfield says.

Working in a dynamic industry also keep things exciting, he says.

“There are always new products, there’s always stuff you can learn and new techniques. It’s an industry that’s always advancing and there’s always something for you to latch on to.”

Since arriving in Auckland he’s found plenty of opportunity as there’s still a few holes in the New Zealand market, he says.

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