Scotch whisky brand Chivas has revealed the 14 finalists set to compete in the 2019 Chivas Masters global competition.
Chivas Masters celebrates a community of bartenders who embody Chivas’ core values of success, collaboration and generosity. Built around the belief that blended is better – in life and in Scotch – community sits at the very heart of the competition.
Through winning serves, bartenders will be encouraged to explore and showcase the individual blend that makes them who they are – and how when they collaborate with one another they can achieve even greater success.
This year’s five-day finale, taking place from 25 to 29 August, will begin at the home of Chivas, Strathisla distillery in Scotland, before heading to London.
Over the course of the week, the finalists will take part in a series of masterclasses and challenges where their skills, creativity and collaborative nature will be tested.
Competitors will be supported by a team of true tastemakers in the industry, who will be sharing their own unique blend of experiences that have led them to where they are today.
On August 29, at London’s Oval Space, consumers will be able to witness the finalists showcase their creativity and winning blend and vote for their favourite collective bartender team.
Rhys Wilson, Chivas global brand ambassador and UK champion of Chivas Masters 2017, will play host to this year’s event.
Rhys said: “Witnessing and tasting the creations of some of the best bartenders from the four corners of the world is always a huge privilege.
“This year, I’ve been blown away by their tenacity and creativity and the Global Final will be a true celebration of collaboration, where our bartenders will come together for the final time in London to create innovative pop-up cocktail bars and serves, showing that success really is a blend.
“Taking part in the Chivas Masters myself back in 2017 was a huge turning point in my career, helping me learn a lot about myself, scotch whisky and the path towards achieving success as a team, so I’m really excited to be here to guide the finalists throughout their Chivas Masters journey.”
The 2019 finalists are:
Davide Sambo, Havana Social, Thailand
Bára Švihlová, L’fleur, Czech Republic
Vince Smart, Hawkmoor Seven Dials, UK
June Baek, Madame Fan, JW Marriott Hotel South Beach, Singapore
Paolo Silvestri, Hendricks Bar, United Arab Emirates
Sebastian Cichowlas, The Jitterbug, Saloon, The Netherlands
Sonia Garbowska, El Koktel, Poland
Franco Battezzati Boglione, Nü Tulum, México
Gui Ferrari, Seen at Hotel Tivoli Mofarrej, Brazil
Mehdi Sahine, Hilton Al Houara, Morocco
Timothee Becqueriaux, Arriviamo Starbucks Reserve Roastery, China
Kyoka Ogawa, Amber, Japan
Leydel Oliva Muro, Costa Vino, Cuba
Lisander Lara Peña, TRS Turquesa Grand Palladium Hotels, Domincan Republic