Posted in News on Monday, September 16, 2019 by The Beachcomber Tours Correspondent
Ingrid Rima, bar artisan at Paradis Beachcomber and former intern of the Youth Employability Project (YEP) will create Beachcomber’s Beautiful Cocktail 2019/2020. Her cocktail made with the splash of pineapple juice, honey from the garden at Paradis Beachcomber, mint leaves, fresh ginger and a pinch of cardamom for a fresh and delectable experience, impressed the jury. On September 4, the annual in-house challenge gathered bar artisans from the eight hotels of the group at Trou aux Biches Beachcomber, in the presence of the CEO, Gilbert Espitalier-Noël.
At Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, the signature cocktail which is served to clients upon their arrival, is renewed every year after a competition between bar artisans from the hotels of the group. It is a long-awaited challenge for the bar teams and an opportunity for the artisans to show their passion for their job, their creativity and savoir-faire. Prior to the challenge, these artisans dedicate time to the creation of their Cocktail which will then be served in all Beachcomber resorts. The Beautiful Cocktail is more than a drink. It narrates a story to the clients through its mix of fruit, spices, aromas and its respect of nature.
The decision was a tough one. Eight candidates were pre-selected. After much deliberation, the panel selected the cocktail of the bar artisan from Paradis Beachcomber. “I am very happy and proud to have been chosen to be the Beautiful Cocktail for all the hotels of Beachcomber. I am even more humbled because I am a former intern of the YEP, a job entry program of the Fondation Espoir et Développement,” shares Ingrid. “I owe it all to the Youth Employability Program! This program taught me the basics of hotel work. After my training as part of YEP in 2016, I was lucky to be employed by Paradis Beachcomber. The hotel then sponsored my NC3 Service, Bar, and Restaurant course at the hotel school. And today, I will have the honour to design the welcome cocktail of all the hotels in the group. I encourage the interns of the YEP to keep going. Where there is a will, there is a way,” she says.
As part of the in-house challenge, Ingrid started to work on her Beautiful Cocktail in May. All throughout this experience, she relied on the support of her colleagues in the bar and on the guidance of Emmanuel Salmine, Assistant Bar Manager of the hotel and creator of the signature cocktail of Beachcomber in 2016/2017. “Emmanuel was my mentor,” affirms Ingrid. Clients will taste Ingrid Rima’s Beautiful Cocktail upon their arrival at the eight Beachcomber resorts as from October 1st.