Cameron Attfield of Disrepute, London has been crowned Diageo Reserve’s World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2019.
The highly anticipated GB final kicked off on Tuesday 18 June with ice breakers and informal challenges, followed by two challenges at Andaz London Liverpool Street’s newly renovated Rake’s Café Bar on Wednesday.
The first challenge required competitors to showcase a British ingredient within a Ketel One Vodka-based serve, maximising its flavour using techniques of extraction or manipulation.
For the second challenge, the bartenders were tasked with creating a Singleton whisky serve inspired by the theme of exploration, travel and adventure.
The final challenge – the speed round – took place on the second day of the competition at the World Class bar at Taste of London. Here, the GB competitors had to mix five cocktails in under four minutes for the judging panel, who were assessing skill, speed, style and, of course – taste.
Each competitor’s five cocktails were drawn from a menu of fifteen bespoke World Class classics, ranging from a Don Julio Blanco Paloma to a Tanqueray No Ten Collins, Ketel One Espresso Martini, Bulleit Bourbon Boulevardier and a Johnnie Walker Highball.
One drink was also selected by an audience member. The bartenders were asked to tailor the cocktail to them, testing their ability to engage with an audience and demonstrating their hospitality skills.
Cameron Attfield, Diageo Reserve World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2019, said: “It’s been an honour to be part of this year’s World Class community and to get the seal of approval from the judges, who are a real inspiration to myself and the wider industry really does mean a lot.
“The competition has been extremely challenging and a real test from start to finish. I’m over the moon to be crowned this year’s 2019 World Class GB winner.
“But, it’s not over yet and now my focus will turn to preparing to represent Great Britain in the global final in Glasgow – game on!”