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8 questions with Peter Chua

Bartender with swag

South-east Asia's Best Bartender of the Year Peter Chua dreams up drinks in his sleep

Published on Jun 16, 2014 3:50 PM

Singaporean Peter Chua is the "it" bartender of the moment, having won the title of Southeast Asia's Best Bartender of the Year at the inaugural Diageo Reserve World Class South-east Asia Finals and Bar Show 2014 last month.

The 26-year-old senior bartender at cocktail bar 28 Hong Kong Street beat 25 contestants from around the region to emerge winner and will represent Singapore in the global finals in the United Kingdom next month.

It is a feather in the cap for Chua, who will be the second Singaporean to compete at the event - considered one of the world's most prestigious international bartending competitions - since local bartender Aubrey Sim, formerly of whisky bar B28, competed in the event in 2009.

The bachelor is known in the scene as a barman with charisma and the ability to win the attention of guests, otherwise known as swag.

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"If life hands me lemons, I'd be happy to sit back with a bourbon on the rocks."

Peter Chua