Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company, has revealed the top 10 bartenders who will be moving on to the fourth and final round of the World Class 2016 Singapore competition taking place on 9 May.
World Class is the industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competition. In round three, shortlisted bartenders were challenged to create an experiential Ketel OneTM vodka brunch cocktail station across eight restaurants and hotels. A team of judges visited each pop-up, scoring qualities of artistry, innovation, balance, technique and visual aesthetic. The top 10 semi-finalists will now go on to battle it out in a series of innovative mixology challenges created to test their talent, nerve and creativity, judged by the movers and shakers of the industry, including Jason Crawley, Director of The Drink Cabinet, Will Thompson, Global Brand Ambassador for Don Julio Tequila and Louis Eon, Bar owner of Le Chamber in South Korea.
In the first time-travelling themed challenge, “Retro, Disco, Future”, bartenders will be required to infuse the spirit of three distinct eras into three one-of-a-kind cocktails – the old school glamour iconic to the 19th century leading up to the Prohibition period; the dance-floor kitsch of the 70s and 80s; and the cutting-edge trends of the future.
The second challenge, ‘Against the Clock’, is a high pressure speed round where competitors are tested on their poise, accuracy and craftsmanship to create a minimum of five cocktails in just 10 minutes. The chosen Final Four will then head to Bali in late May to compete for the title of “Southeast Asia Bartender of the Year”, advancing him or her to the Global Finals in Miami this September.
The 10 bartenders competing in the final round are:
Logan Demmy, 28 HongKong Street
Boo Jing Heng, Jigger & Pony
Tom Hogan, Anti:Dote
Ryan Hon, Tess Bar & Kitchen
Cedric Mendoza, Manhattan
Benedict Poh, Horse’s Mouth
Edwin Poh, Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall
Kim Shin, Jigger & Pony
Kino Soh, Fresh!
Sim Sze Wei, Ah Sam Cold Drinks Stall
DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ is transforming fine drinking experiences and cocktail culture around the world and in the home. The industry’s largest, most credible investment in the luxury on trade, it discovers the next generation of bartending talent who set the latest mixology trends and bring these to the best bars worldwide.
At the core is an outstanding, global training programme and internationally recognised platform that elevates the craft of the bartender and builds careers in the industry culminating in an annual luxury landmark week where the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ Bartender of the Year is announced. Launched in 2009, over 20,000 bartenders have been inspired and educated in the craft of mixology using the finest spirits in the DIAGEO RESERVE collection.
A partnership and collaboration with gurus, media, partners and owners, DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ is widely recognised as a mark of sophistication and distinction of international fine drinking culture by bartenders and customers alike
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