IT’S a complicated title Mark Simmonite has just earned himself: World Draught Master Global Semi-Finalist.
What that means in short, however, is he can pour a right perfect pint.
For the owner of Henry’s cafe-bar, in Cambridge Street, city centre, has just won the prestigious accolade at a global pouring competition in Bueno Aires, Argentina.
It comes after he beat off more than 1,000 bar workers to win the UK contest earlier this year. “To pit my abilities against fellow professionals from around the world was an amazing feeling,” says the 42-year-old of the city centre.
And he puts his success down to 20 years perfecting the nine-step technique - an exacting ritual which starts with glass purification, ends with bestowal and includes such accuracies as getting the angle of the tumbler correct and optimising the head size. And you thought it was just sticking a glass under a tap.
The Stella Artois sponsored tournament was won by Nanda Nkumar Sethy - try saying that after he’s served you a couple - from Dubai.
And Mark’s success follows that of TGI Friday’s, Tinsley, bar man Russell Ward who reached the company’s UK final for bar tendering and mixology. Something in the alcohol, perhaps?