20 female bartenders go head-to-head for a good cause at the first-ever Speed Rack Asia 2017

20 female bartenders go head-to-head for a good cause at the first-ever Speed Rack Asia 2017

Ladies, start your engines

Text: Denise Kok

Women raising the bar

Speed Rack Asia 2017 is here. No, it's not a carpentry challenge by The Furniture Trust, but rather a competition that pulls together 20 of Asia's sharpest bartending talents under one roof — and the men are not invited.

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Conceptualised by bartending maestros Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, the Speed Rack competition first saw American-based female bartenders shaking down the house with their most creative cocktails. Besides aiming to raise the profile of female bartending talent, the competition also rides on an altruistic intent to raise funds for foundations and charities that support breast cancer research and education.  

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Come 12 March, Speed Rack Asia will make its Asian debut right here in Singapore. Over at The Great Escape in Golden Mile Tower, 20 bartenders from Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Seoul will go head-to-head in a series of challenges that'll test their speed, precision, and flair behind the bar.  

Keen to catch all the action? Drop by The Great Escape from 11am to 5pm. Cocktails and grub from Park Bench Deli will go on sale as well, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Below, the bartenders competing this Sunday:


Charmaine Ann Thio | 28 Hongkong Street
Bannie Kang | Anti:dote
Monica Koo | Club Street Social
Linnea Stenberg | Crackerjack
Luc Yong | Crackerjack
Reena Rivera | Crackerjack
Debbie Gabriella Raymond | Gibson Cocktail Bar
Christyne Lee | Highball
Kino Soh | Highball
Tasha Marie Nakazawa | Highball
Cheryl Cherry Choe | Kilo Lounge
Sophia Kang | Manhattan
Symphony Loo | Neon Pigeon
Jayden Ong | Sugarhall

Sky Huo | The Baxter Inn

Hong Kong
Ana Souza | The Pontiac

Faye Fernando | The Curator Coffee and Cocktails

Kuala Lumpur
Angel Ng | PS150

Kim Ji Won | Alice
Stella Marinela Joao Conselho | Southside Parlor