World Class GB 2018 semi-finalists announced

Jane Ryan

24 April 2018

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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