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Local Bartender Competes for World Championship

"I definitely have my work cut out for me it isn't going to be easy in any way so i'm just honored to be a part of this," said Roque Zubia.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - He's known for his high-fives, high flying drinks and now local bartender, Roque Zubia, is representing Hagerstown as he competes in TGI Friday's annual World's Best Bartender Championship.

"I definitely have my work cut out for me it isn't going to be easy in any way so I'm just honored to be a part of this," said Roque Zubia.

Candidates will be judged on "Friday's service style" of the greeting, engagement and farewell plus 167 different cocktail recipes.

"To prepare for it you really just have to study all your drinks that you're supposed to know. Ah, work, do everything you're supposed to do at work and that will prepare you for it because bottom line is we're just competition at during our job the way it's supposed to be done," said Zubia. 

He's one of ten competing for a $10,000 prize but for Zubia, it's not about the money.

"But really it's the pride. It's you know the title of being able to say you're the number one bartender in the world," said Zubia. "That's what I want, that's what I'm looking for and that's what I'm trying to accomplish here."

And he's taking lots of hometown support to the competition.

"Because it started here, cause he competed us and you know we could just tell he knew all his stuff. He's been studying, he's been doing, working hard you know and you know he's determined," said Clarke Grubine, TGI Friday bartender.

"We're really proud of him. We have enjoyed coming here now for quite some time and getting to know him and the other bartenders. And we enjoy his service and his personality and we're just really proud of him," said Martha Swope, TGI Friday's Customer.

The competition is next Thursday, February 27 in Dallas, Texas.

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