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Diageo Reserve World Class Announces Top
16 Finalists for Bartender of the Year 2012
PR Newswire
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 11, 2012
July 11, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
From a group of 15,000 talented mixologists,
Diageo Reserve WORLD
transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture around the globe, today
announced the top 16 finalists vying for the ultimate title of Bartender of the
Year. With a strong
Asia Pacific
and European contingent, the finalists include:
, Tim Philips
, Olivier Jacobs
, Tree Mao
, Kaspar Riewe Henriksen
Great Britain
, Andy Mil
, Dennis Zoppi
, Shigeki Yoshida
, Varia Dellalian
, Fjalar Goud
, Aki Eguchi
, Guiseppe Santamaria
, Kae Yin
, Supawit Muttarattana
, Stephon Scott
UAE, Jimmy Barrat
, Ricky Gomez
Challenges at the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Global Final are judged by the
industry's leading gurus and require bartenders to explore fast growing industry
trends, with a particular focus on Retro Chic, a global luxury trend
encapsulating the glamour and simplicity of the golden era of 50s and 60s.
Rudy Paoli, Managing Director GLOBAL RESERVE
: "
Diageo Reserve
is a leader that collaborates with the industry's finest to
continually elevate the craft of bartending. This week in Rio we have seen an
unprecedented level of creativity against a backdrop of international events.
The Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS finalists are truly transforming fine drinking
culture with their innovation and trend setting Retro Chic serves."
Attendees at the landmark week include global trendsetters Dylan Jones, GQ,
Piers Adams, Mahiki, Tony Chambers, Wallpaper*, Jason Beckley, Dunhill and
Mark Izzat, Vertu. Glamorous evening events have featured celebrity guests
and entertainment - including Bossa Nova legend Bebel Gilberto - and a Mahiki
Rio partnership with CÎROC vodka - introducing the world's first pop up bar at
the Copa Club.
Later in the week a very special JOHNNIE WALKER® BLUE
LABEL™ Blended Scotch Whisky event will be hosted by Christina Hendricks.
Over the next two days the top 16 finalists will compete through an additional
elimination round, leaving just eight global finalists who aspire to be crowned
Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2012 on 12 July.
Follow the competition on Facebook For live updates on Twitter
follow @WorldClassLive and join the conversation with #WCRio; or, follow our
boards at
Additional images at Image.Net
For information about Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS please contact:
Rachel Chan
Brand PR Manager, Diageo Reserve
Joanna Good
Neville McCarthy Associates
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