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Make it Shake - Meet our Judges

Our team of four judges is made up from our own Funkin Ambassadors as well as guest Judge Jon Everid. Their combined experience makes them perfect to choose our monthly competition winners and select the grand prize winner of our Make it Shake competition. Read on to discover what makes them up to the task…

Jon Everid
Jon Everid – Director at Endeavour Brands
Jon started his career as a bartender at T.G.I Fridays where he fell in love with flair and performing whilst behind the bar becoming a regional finalist in their bartender competitions in 2011 & 2012. Jon also competed in the Roadhouse World Flair Competition becoming a top 10 UK finalist in 2012, 2013 & 2014.
On top of his participation in competitions Jon also holds a Guinness world record for his part in the most flair bartenders performing the same routine.
Since then Jon has taken his flair skills around the world performing in Dubai whilst working for Mahiki.
Jon has continued to work and manage some of the UK’s top cocktail bars, including The Cocktail Trading Company, Trailer Happiness and Steam and Rye where he trained the staff in flair and fire performing.
Jon now provides consultancy to cocktail bars and  lends his talents to judge cocktail competitions.
Jon has the perfect background to provide an expert eye over all entries into the Funkin Make it Shake competition and will be looking out for enthusiasm, style and most importantly originality.
Tom Smith
Tom Smith – Funkin Ambassador
Tom is our brilliantly bearded bartender. Before joining the Funkin family Tom worked at Be at One for 3 years as an in-store trainer and in their learning and development office, giving him the credentials to know what makes a great shake.
With a degree in fine art he has the eye that will be keeping a look out for creativity in your shaker face entries.
Luke Crighton - Funkin Ambassador
Luke is our Scottish Ambassador – primed to shake, spin and serve up Funkin cocktails all across the land.
He’s worked in hotels and bars all over the UK since he was 17, studying the ‘Wine and Spirit Education Trust’ qualifications.
He’s spent time working for Buzzworks in Scotland (focused on wine, whisky and education) and a few years working with Pernod Ricard place him perfectly to cast a skilled eye over the shakes you serve up.
Gavin Benton – Funkin Ambassador
Living, breathing and serving up Funkin across the North of England is Gavin. Always smiley and very talented, he’s the newest of our team of ambassadors.
Gavin has been a General Manager at All Bar One and helped open many new bars, trained up bartenders, and mixed many, many cocktails!
Gavin knows that it takes a huge amount of enthusiasm to create great cocktails and will be keeping an eye out for the most enthusiastic serves.

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