World Class GB 2018 semi-finalists announced

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Diageo Reserve World Class have announced the top 35 bartenders through to the GB 2018 semi-final stage.

Diageo Reserve World Class GB Semi-finalists 2018:

  1. Giovanni Tavano, Sexy Fish, London
  2. Ilija Kniazev, Annabel’s, London
  3. Thomas Solberg, Black Rock, London
  4. Georgia Billing, Sexy Fish, London
  5. Luke Robinson, Cub, London
  6. Luke Condell, The Cocktail Trading Co., London
  7. Mikey Pendergast, East London Liquor Co., London
  8. Charles Roche, Scout, London
  9. Jonatan Munoz Iniesta, Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London
  10. Robert Simpson, The Clove Club, London
  11. Christian Silenzi, American Bar at The Savoy, London
  12. Claudio Iucolino, DRY MARTINI, London
  13. Daniel Bovey, Hyde & Co., Bristol
  14. James Bowker, The Wilderness, Birmingham
  15. Thomas Matthews, The Edgbaston, Birmingham
  16. Manachain Monaghan, Below Stairs, Leeds
  17. Kuba Korzynski, Royal Institution, Liverpool
  18. Adam Day, Peggy’s Bar, Manchester
  19. Daniel Warren, Last Chance, Nottingham
  20. Jack Wakelin, Public, Sheffield
  21. Mike McGinty, Voyage of Buck, Edinburgh
  22. Miran Chauhan, Buck & Birch, Edinburgh
  23. Kieran Grieves, Bonbar, Newcastle
  24. Kieran Downie, Tigerlily, Edinburgh
  25. Cosmin Tigroso, NINE LIVES, London
  26. Cameron Attfield, Dandelyan, London
  27. Simone di Serio, Brasserie Max, London
  28. Yeshua Garcia, Rotunda Bar at Ten Trinity Square
  29. Timothy Bachelor, The PIG Hotel, Brockenhurst
  30. Arnaud Volte, The Distillery, London
  31. Robyn Wilkie, The Edition, London
  32. David Hall, Terroir Tapas, Bournemouth
  33. Thomas Ryan, Doctor Ink’s Curiosities, Exeter
  34. Michele Reina, Palm Court Bar, London
  35. Alexander Taylor, Pennyroyal, Cardiff

Bartenders from across the UK vied for a spot by submitting a cocktail recipe based on one of the Diageo Reserve portfolio brands and which incorporated two concepts that the competition is themed around this year; the resourceful bartender and the heat of the moment.

The first hones in on the significance of sustainability, enabling bartenders to create a better bar, serve and working environment, while the later focuses on flavour and experimentation, delving into culinary influences.

All entries were judged by Diageo Reserve brand ambassadors, with the top 35 bartenders listed below now invited to complete in the next stage of the competition.  That involved the bartenders partaking in a series of challenges for the chance to win a prize package valued at over £15,000 plus achieve the coveted title, World Class GB Bartender of the Year. This is backed by a 12-month contract touring with the World Class team hosting workshops.

The semi-finals will take place at Diageo’s Customer Collaboration Centre in London on Tuesday 15th May 2018 and will see 35 become 10 announced at an after-party later that evening, in Central London.

A final 10 will then battle it out in Edinburgh from the 18th – 20th June for the chance to be crowned the World Class GB Bartender of the Year, and will be invited to compete at the global final in Berlin.

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