Andy Mil to Rio after World Class win

Andy MilAndy Mil (pictured) from London Cocktail Club bars will be heading to Brazil in July to represent Great Britain in the global final of Diageo Reserve’s World Class competition.

He was named best British bartender at the two-day Western European final at London Syon Park Hotel where he competed against five other UK finalists. There were also finalists from 11 other Western European countries competing for their national titles.

They were set challenges such as a creating their own versions of two classic cocktails selected by the judges, two drinks using a surprise collection of Asian ingredients from a “box of secrets”, two “gentlemen’s drinks”, and a drink inspired by Rio de Janeiro using Brazilian ingredients.

At the global finals in Rio from July 8 to 13 Andy will compete against winners from 35 other countries.
The other GB finalists were James Drummond of Rick’s in Edinburgh, Mike McGinty of Ninety-Nine Bar & Kitchen in Aberdeen, Matt Fairhurst of The Milk Thistle in Bristol, Aaron Jones of Salvatore’s at Playboy Club in London and Julian de Feral of consultancy The Gorgeous Group.

Andy said: “I was competing against an incredible group of bartenders so I was shocked to win. I can’t wait to compete in the global finals in Rio where I hope to learn new techniques and styles from the other country winners.”

The judges included industry experts such as bartender Ago Perrone of The Connaught in London and award-winning mixologist Jamie MacDonald, plus two previous World Class global winners: Manabu Ohtake, chief bartender at Tower’s Bar Bellovisto at the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel, Japan, and Erik Lorincz, head bartender at The American Bar at The Savoy, London.

Spike Marchant, World Class global brand ambassador, said: “This year’s first-ever World Class Western Europe Final really upped the ante of the overall competition, exceeding all expectations in terms of the standard of bartending knowledge, mixology and innovation on display. Demonstrating an excellent palate and awareness of flavour, depth of drinks knowledge and precise bartending skills, Andy shone in creating inventive and unique cocktails and very much deserved to be crowned our UK winner.”

World Class 2012 Western Europe country winners:
Austria: Bert Jachmann, Oswald Haerdtl, Vienna
Belgium: Olivier Jacobs, Jigger’s, Ghent
Denmark: Kasper Riewe Henriksen, Ruby, Copenhagen
France: Winner to be announced in Paris on July 5, 2012
Germany: Harry Glockler, Rivabar, Berlin
GB: Andy Mil, London Cocktail Club, London
Greece: Vassilis Kyritsis, The Gin Joint, Athens
Italy: Dennis Zoppi, Smile Tree, Turin
Netherlands: Fjalar Goud, Vesper Bar, Amsterdam
Norway: Jesper Høst, No 19 Bar, Oslo
Spain: Guiseppe Santamaria, Ohla Boutique Bar, Barcelona
Sweden: Rikard Enell, Le Rouge, Stockholm
Switzerland: Armando Archundia, Hirschli, Aarau

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