Dandelyan's Aidan Bowie has emerged triumphant after three days of competition, and been named GB's representative in Diageo Reserve World Class.
The 11 finalists have been put through a number of challenges and experiences over the last three days. Two days ago they visited Diageo's global innovation R&D centre and worked with the company's scientists to each create their own bitters, bottled and branded in time for last night's finale. Yesterday, each was given £100 to source glassware and a garnish, in two hours, for their signature drink.
The finale to these three days of competition was held at the Rosewood London, where each of the 11 bartenders was given a station to present their bitters and signature drink to the judges, as well as a panel of 30 consumers. Bowie had named his bitters World Class Bitters Series #4, and created the Vetiver Woodland Martini with them, adding Tanqueray No 10, lemon verbena-infused Dolin de Chambery Dry vermouth, manzanilla sherry and celery salt.
'Aidan Bowie’s World Class journey has been remarkable. Throughout both the semi-final event and this week’s final, he has consistently impressed the judging team with broad thinking, incredible knowledge base, and pioneering ideas,' said Dan Dove, head of Diageo Reserve World Class GB. '[He] epitomises a Diageo Reserve World Class bartender and we are extremely proud to have him now represent Great Britain at the global final in September.'
Bowie commented: 'This year's competition has been beyond tough in terms of the challenges, but also the level of skill and talent I have witnessed amongst the other competitors. I am very pleased and honoured to go through to the next stage of Diageo Reserve World Class.'
He's off to Miami in September for the global final, but first, Bowie has earned Dandelyan a £10,000 cheque to help it create a drink to celebrate his success.