Eleven of Manila’s finest bars and their most talented bartenders will be competing in the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2014. Dubbed as the Oscars of the cocktail industry, Diageo Reserve World Class is the biggest and most prolific cocktail education program and bartending competition across the globe.
World Class Bartender of the Year 2014 was launched in the Philippines on January 22 through a posh pop-up cocktail lounge, where all participating bars and bartenders were introduced. They are Cristopher Bayon from Black Sheep, Joma Rivera from The Curator, Ernie Andog from EXIT Bar, Albert Salvador from Las Flores, Erad Joseph Adriano from Museum Café, Eduardo Yonzon from NinerIchi Nana’s, Jerry Miranda from Privé Luxury Club, Samuel Alcantara from Prohibition Liquor Lounge, Rian Asiddao from Raffles’ Long Bar, Syrian Ebdane from Sofitel Philippine Plaza, and Alyona Jeffery from Speakeasy.
At the launch, these bartenders showcased their creativity, flair, and skill behind the bar, as they whipped up exquisite craft cocktails using some of the finest spirits from the Diageo Reserve portfolio
“World Class brings together the best and the most talented around the globe and this year, we are proud to have gathered 11 of Manila’s best bars and bartenders for the competition,” shared Marie Ona, Reserve Luxury Manager for Diageo Philippines. “This stellar line-up represents the thriving cocktail culture that we have in the Philippines, and tonight, we really wanted to put the spotlight on these bartenders and show the rest of the world the talent that they possess.”
To make the evening more exciting, guest bartenders Erwan Heussaff, Tim and G-Tongi Walters, World Class 2013 Bartender of the Year winner Allan King Roxas, and Hannah Waters, World Class Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia, also prepared exclusive cocktails for guests to enjoy. DJs Bombi Balquiedra and Jessica Milner provided beats for the night, while Catriona Gray did a special performance during the program.
The night’s affair marks the start of an exciting journey for all bartending hopefuls. From January to May, each market will host a series of qualifying heats and finals, to find their most talented and inspirational of bartenders.
The winner will go on to compete in the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year Finals, where 50 of the world’s best bartenders will pit their skills, impeccable technique, and knowledge against each other in front of the cognoscenti of the bartending industry.
“Diageo Reserve World Class tests every aspect of the bartending profession. To succeed, you need creativity, precision, theatre and an innate ability to connect with the customer. Participants are encouraged to push the boundaries and experiment with new flavors and techniques, which are then brought to life and enjoyed in some of the finest bars worldwide,” shares Hannah Waters, World Class Brand Ambassador for Southeast Asia.
Now on its sixth year globally, World Class continues to elevate the craft, innovation, and creativity within the industry.