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Pictured:  Russ Ward wins the TGI Fridays UK Bartender Championships 2015<br />
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A barman who spent a gruelling five hours every day practising dazzling bartending tricks and incredible drink flairing has been crowned the nation's best cocktail maker.  Russ Ward, 33, spent a staggering 585 hours perfecting his cocktail flairing and remembering over 500 recipes since May just so he could perfect his final routine.<br />
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He claimed top spot last night at the final of the TGI Friday's UK Bartender Championship by pulling off a spectacular routine of bottle spins, flicks and tricks.  Bartender Russ shrugged off seven other master barmen and took gold for the fourth year running.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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