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20 May 2015

The Mamont Mission II – The Winners Announced in Moscow

In anticipation of Polar Explorers’s Day, nine international teams travelled to Moscow to take part in a competitive Mamont Mission II final displaying a true Spirit of Adventure

20 May 2015, Moscow. 19 May 2015, Botty & Ariaan from Josephine’s Bar and Restaurant in Belgium and Sliyaniye from Restaurant The Bristol Paris and La Plantxa in Paris were announced as the winners of the Mamont Mission II competition. The competition was so tight and the judges could not choose between the two teams and therefore a decision was taken to have two winners. The two victorious teams have won a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in a breathtaking circumpolar expedition in search of a Great Mammoth. The expedition will be led by a professional mammoth hunter and the team will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology giving them the best chance of finding a Mammoth.

Dries and Arie from team Botty & Ariaan were chosen due to the truly professional presentation that they gave. The Belgian team created a beautifully presented and executed combination of flavours that really complimented the vodka.
Maxime and Juan from team Sliyaniye in Paris were chosen for their true encapsulation of Mamont’s ethos; Choose Adventure. The team invited the judges to try their food and cocktail while sat in a tent listening to a soundtrack that took the judges minds to far away place demonstrating a highly creative spirit.

The Mamont Mission II is a cocktail and food pairing competition in which teams, consisting of a bartender and a chef, demonstrated a dish and complementing cocktail that captured Mamont’s Siberian heritage, both of which has to include Mamont Vodka as the primary ingredient.

Following four sets of heats that were held in London, Paris, Tbilisi and St Petersburg the nine best teams were invited to take part in the Grand Finale in Moscow. The finalists came from England, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Russia and all displayed hugely creative, well executed entries that encapsulated the spirit of Mamont Vodka’s roots in adventure.

Slava Lankin, competition judge and Russian premier bartender said:
“The French team Sliyaniye took our hearts with their show – it was so adventurous! There are a couple of things they needed to work on with the cocktail and food pairing element, but overall their presentation was fantastic.

“The Belgian team was very balanced in terms of presentation, cocktail, food, the pairing. Other teams were very good in some elements, but this team stayed very consistent throughout. They also helped each other and worked together, which is very important in this competition.” To judge the competition, Mamont brought together an experienced panel who embrace the true ethos of the Mamont Vodka: Choose Adventure. The judging panel included Russia’s premier bartender Slava Lankin, Michelin starred chef Jerome Coustillas and world famous explorer David Hempleman-Adams.

Tamara Mazur, Mamont Vodka Global Brand Ambassador commented:
“This is the second year the Mamont Misson competition has run and the level of the entries has been exceptional. The teams turned a simple food and cocktail pairing into a really great show. It’s a second year that a French team has won, so the Russian teams need to improve since Mamont is a Russian vodka! We chose two winners in the end as we could not choose between the great show from Sliyaniye, and the fantastic pairing from the Belgian team. During the discussion, our judge David offered a second place on the expedition as he felt they really couldn’t choose just one winner.”