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Taiwan's 'Spiderman' wins Asia-Pacific bartending championship

2012/08/02 11:59:44

Singapore, Aug. 2 (CNA) "Flairtending" talent Hsu Po-sheng from Taiwan took top place with his skills and a Spiderman show at the 21st Asia-Pacific Bartender of the Year Cocktail Competition held Wednesday in Singapore.

Beating contestants from 16 other countries, Hsu brought home the ninth consecutive championship for Taiwan in the "flairing" category of the competition.

His winning cocktail, "Golden Year," was a blend of gin, vermouth and citrus.

Hsu, who has appeared in a Spiderman costume for eight years, said he practiced for at least six hours a day over the past six months to prepare for the competition, and added that his coach watched the latest Spiderman movie to help him design his show.

The frequent winner of international bartending competitions recalled that he used to feel lost in life and caused a lot of headaches for his parents because he did not like to study.

However, he began to find meaning in life after coming into contact with bartending during his senior high school years.

"I wanted to prove to everyone that a kid is not useless just because he doesn't like to study," said Hsu, who is now a master's degree candidate.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)