A Crawley barman has taken heart from a gutsy performance at a national flair competition in London.
Jake Davies battled to finish 10th in the Prepare2Flair competition in Covent Garden.
“I showed that I have the potential to do well. However, on the night it didn’t go to plan.”Jake Davies
Flair is the skill bartenders use to entertain clientele by juggling liquor bottles, cocktail shakers and even bar stools.
Jake, a bartender in the JaJa Bar, in the High Street, said: “I showed that I have the potential to do well. However, on the night it didn’t go to plan.
“If I would have done my routine flawless I would have placed – however in the practise room it is different to being on one of the biggest flair stages there is.”
Jake added: “I was definitely intimidated by the fact there was 13 competitors from one flair camp in Italy, and from seeing them in the training room I knew some were better than amateurs, although I didn’t let that get to me.
“They were a amazing bunch if guys and getting to know them after the comp you realise the passion they have and they were always friendly.”
Despite not placing higher, Jake said he was keen to make the step up by entering the next World Flair qualifiers, which will be held at the end of the month.
He said: “Finishing that low did effect me however at the end of the day I need to pick myself up, train harder and that will lead to me hopefully getting more experience and placing higher.
“I’m excited about stepping out of Prepare2Flair and taking on the challenge of the World Championships.”
The championships will be held in November, with bartenders battling it out for a £10,000 prize.