By Victor Chen, bostonese.com
Boston, Dec. 12, 2014, — You might have read his name in the article Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food on boston.com. Prof. Edelman has released a statement of apology on Wednesday. You will soon find December issue of GQ magazine featuring Ran Duan on the cover in your local pharmacy.
Ran Duan knocked out the competition to become this year’s most imaginative bartender in a competition in Las Vegas. In the video belew, the leading mixologist shows you how to make his winning cocktail, the Monarchy—a refreshing drink with apple liquor, lemon juice and cardamom tincture.
“We are thrilled that Ran won the best bartender competition, and will compete in the world competition in UK next year representing the US,” said Xiaoyi Duan, father of Ran Duan and founder of Sichuan Garden restaurants in Brookline and Woburn.
Mr. Duan also told bostonese.com that he had no hard feelings toward Prof. Edelman, and thanked the outpouring of support from customers and local communities after the boston.com article and email exchange between Prof. Edelman and his son were published.
Trained as an opera singer in China, Mr. Xiaoyi Duan came to Boston University to study Western Opera in 1992. “Ran was a good piano and guitar player as a kid. He is very passionate for music,” said Mr. Duan.
Maybe, it is the love for music that made Ran Duan the most imaginative bartender in America.
The following is a statement from Prof. Ben Edelman.
“Many people have seen my emails with Ran Duan of Sichuan Garden restaurant in Brookline. Having reflected on my interaction with Ran, including what I said and how I said it, it’s clear that I was very much out of line. I aspire to act with great respect and humility in dealing with others, no matter what the situation. Clearly I failed to do so. I am sorry, and I intend to do better in the future. I have reached out to Ran and will apologize to him personally as well.”