The quest to find the best bartender in the world is on TV


The Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year has earned a reputation as the most prestigious bartending competition in the world with the finest bartenders from every nation displaying their top creations to earn the glory.

This year 43 finalists were followed by camera crews as they competed on board a luxury cruise liner sailing from Monaco to St Tropez, Ibiza to Barcelona, in July this year.

“World Class showcases why fine drinking and cocktail culture sets trends from New York to Shanghai,” said Dominic Redfearn, global media and content director for Diageo.

“We’re excited that the skill and craft of the world’s best bartenders is being showcased through these programmes.”

The programme, produced by Shine North, is scheduled to air in 110 countries across the world on channels including Primetime, RTL 5, MTV, the Travel Channel, and the Food Network.

Alex Connock, managing director of Shine North, said: “The global appreciation of mixology coupled with the truly international line-up of talented, inventive bartenders makes for a compelling show with universal appeal.

“At Shine we are believers in the creative possibilities of working with brands – and the World Class event is a superb example.”

Throughout the competition, bartenders were tested on their spirits knowledge, food pairing abilities, speed, and signature serves.

This July, the Spanish bartender  David Rios, of Jigger Cocktail & Disco Bar  was crowned Diageo World Class Bartender of The Year.


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