UPDATE WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23, 2017: World Class GB winner Jamie Jones has now been announced as one of only 10 bartenders to reach the next stage of the global final in Mexico.
Jamie Jones, the GB champion in Diageo Reserve’s World Class competition, has joined bartenders from around the world in Mexico for the global final.
Starting with 54 national winners, four days of challenges have begun, from presenting their own cocktail creations and the Cocktails at Home round to the knockout Lucha Libre session.
On day two, Tuesday, Jamie will be challenged to develop a serve based on local Mexican ingredients in the Heat Of The Moment challenge. This will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/WorldClassUnitedKingdom/ at 3pm GMT.
He will then be back behind the bar for the Mex-Eco challenge where he will look at Great Britain’s environmental issues to create a concept, presentation and serve that showcase the positive effect his version of cocktail culture has on the world around him.This will be streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/WorldClassUnitedKingdom/ at 8.40pm GMT.
Jamie is an international bar consultant and trainer and was group bars executive for Jason Atherton’s The Social Company. He is pictured at Monday’s first challenge, presenting his signature cocktail. Click here for details about his World Class GB win.
World Class director Johanna Dalley said: “This is the biggest and best bartending competition in the world and biggest World Class competition yet. We are delighted to welcome the world’s best bartenders as they compete for the title of World Class Bartender of the Year.
2This is the ninth year we’ve run this competition and, if the past eight years are anything to go by, we’re set for a week of some of the most incredible cocktail making, all within one of the most vibrant cities in the world – Mexico City.
“The cocktail revolution is booming and these bartenders are leading the way. Expect to see the pinnacle of bartending creations and new trends which will set the cocktail agenda for months and years to come.”
Full list of finalists
Argentina: Ignacio Maggio, Verne Cocktail Club, Buenos Aires
Australia: Andrea Gualdi, Maybe Frank, Sydney
Austria: Marcus Philipp, Albertina Passage, Vienna
Belgium: Naushad Rahamat, Cocktails At Nine, Antwerp
Brazil: Diogo Sevilio, Cozinha 212, São Paulo
Bulgaria: Dimitar Petrovski, Sasa Asian, Sofia
Canada: Kaitlyn Stewart, Royal Dinette, Vancouver
Cayman Islands: Amba Lamb, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman
Chile: Rodrigo Otaiza, Siete Negronis, Santiago de Chile
Colombia: Adrián Madio, Juana la Loca, Bogotá
Costa Rica: Karla Elizondo, DoubleTree by Hilton Costa Rica
Czech Republic: Tomas Melzer, Hemingway Bar, Prague
Denmark: Máté Csatlós, Kabuku at Umami, Copenhagen
Finland: Juuso Villanen, Son of a Punch, Helsinki
France: Benjamin Cousseau, Le Ballroom, Paris
Germany: Sven Goller, Das Schwarze Schaf, Bamberg
Global travel: Marc McArthur, NCL Escape
Great Britain; Jamie Jones
Greece: Panos Kanatsoulis, The Clumsies, Athens
Hong Kong: Samuel Kwok, Quinary
Iceland: Jónas Heiđarr, Apotek Kitchen + Bar, Reykjavík
India: Rohan Sanjiv Rege, JW Marriott Pune
Indian Ocean: Cleiton de Moura, Choka Bleu, La Réunion
Indonesia: Alfado Goenawan, Frestro & Bar, Bali
Ireland: Andy Ferreira, Cask, Dublin
Israel: David Kalinchev, Zalame ACB, Beersheba
Italy: Mirko Turconi, Piano35, Turin
Japan: Suguru Makinaga, Bar Leigh Islay, Osaka
Kenya: Kelvin Kamau, Capital Club East Africa, Nairobi
Korea: Duui Hong, Le Chamber, Seoul
Lebanon: Mike Kassabian, Sapa, Beirut
Lithuania: Vainius Balcaitis, Apoteka Bar, Vilnius
Mexico: Fátima del León, Fifty Mils, Mexico City
Netherlands: Alberto Matallana, Barrelproof Company, Rotterdam
Norway: Julian Brady, Vaskeriet Bar, Bergen
Paraguay: Cesar Ocampos, The Brooklyn Hotel, Asunción
Peru: Frank Alvarado, El Mercado, Cusco
Philippines: Royce Angelo Pua, 12/10, Makati City
Poland: Janusz Lemiesz, Bar Koszyki, Warsaw
Portugal: Carlos Santiago, The Royal Cocktail Club, Porto
Puerto Rico: Edwin Borrero, La Factoría, San Juan
Romania: Popa Silviu Mihai, Charlie Whisky Pub, Cluj-Napoca
Russia: Maxim Gladyshkevich, Friends Cocktail Bar, Novosibirsk
Singapore: Kim Shin Sin, Jigger & Pony
Slovakia: Lukáš Vrábeľ, Lobby Bar, Košice
South Africa: Julian Short, Sin + Tax Bar, Johannesburg
Spain: Angel Arruñada, Sol y Mar Café, Fuengirola, Málaga
Sweden: Josephine Sondlo, Penny & Bill, Stockholm
Switzerland: Gabriel Santana, Bistrot 23, Geneva
Taiwan: Peter Lin, Mozi, Taipei
Thailand: Ronnaporn Kanivichaporn, Backstage Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
Turkey: Kevin Patnode, Kulhanbeyi, Istanbul
UAE: Barna Jeremias, Little Black Door, Dubai
Ukraine: Nadir Kuchkarov, True Burger Bar, Kiev
United States: Chris Cardone, I Sodi, New York City