Call for bartenders to enter new burst of World Class competition

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Bartenders are being called on to enter the Diageo Reserve World Class competition for a chance to join the first set of bartenders selected for the UK semi-final.

Burst two of the competition asks them to take inspiration from a bartending book and a piece of literature of their choice to create a unique cocktail using only white spirits from Diageo Reserve’s portfolio.

The base spirit can be Ketel One vodka, Ciroc vodka, Tanqueray No Ten gin or Don Julio Blanco, Reposado and Anejo tequilas. Grand Marnier can also be used to enhance cocktail creations but is not mandatory.

Challenging contestants to make the “ultimate outdoor drink”, there is a focus on the spring and summer seasons as well as fresh, light ingredients.

Cocktail entries can be vibrant single serves or a drink that can be shared, but must link back to the literature of choice such as a character or key theme.

It follows the announcement of the first five semi-finalists who competed using dark spirits from the Diageo Reserve portfolio. Click here for the story.

Entrants need to visit for full competition details and enter their recipe before Sunday March 29.

Judges will visit all entrants at work to observe their bartending talents and taste their cocktail entries. Judges will then select the 50 top bartenders to attend the Burst Two World Class Masterclass in April.

Five winning bartenders from Burst Two will compete alongside the five winners from Burst One in the UK semi-final held in Scotland where the best will go through to the final.

Nick Temperley, head of Diageo Reserve GB, said: “After witnessing such an outstanding calibre of talent at the Burst One semi-finals of World Class GB 2015, we are truly excited to open the next stage of the competition and further discover the creativity and innovation that the UK bartending scene has to offer.

“World Class is a world-leading competition and the career benefits that come to the bartenders taking part is second to none. We’re hopeful that this year we’ll have what it takes for a UK entrant to take the top spot as global World Class Bartender of the Year 2015.

As well as being named UK World Class Bartender of the Year and representing his or her country in the global final in South Africa, the winner will travel the world educating and inspiring new talent.

Further advancing their career, they will become a World Class judge and mentor, feature on the World Class TV show, and have the opportunity to create their own cocktail collection book to be released globally.

The bar they work in will not only benefit from the prestige of being home to the UK World Class Bartender of the Year but it will also be awarded a one-off £10,000 marketing fund to create their own, exclusive World Class ritual serve.

The competition can be followed on the World Class website at, on YouTube at, on Facebook at, on Twitter at, with the hashtag #WorldClassGB.

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