– NEW DOCUMENTARY, SPIRIT, WILL BE AVAILABLE ON PRIME VIDEO AND FOLLOWS THREE BARTENDERS FROM DIAGEO’S WORLD CLASS COMPETITION
– FEATURED TALENT INCLUDES GLOBALLY RENOWNED CHEF ROY CHOI AND COCKTAIL EXPERTS, RYAN CHETIYAWARDANA, AGOSTINO PERRONE AND KAITLYN STEWART
SPIRIT, a brand-new feature documentary, launches this week and promises to change the way we think about cocktails forever.
Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most respected and prestigious cocktail competitions – Diageo’s World Class Global Bartender of the Year – the documentary reveals the highs and lows of three of the world’s best bartenders as they prepare to create the most important cocktails of their career.
Coinciding with World Cocktail Day 2023, the documentary will be available to watch on Prime Video in select markets from May 13th and unveils the world of bartending in an incredible new light. Viewers can expect to witness a flawless display of craft, passion and edge-of-your-seat competitive action from 50 bartenders at the top of their game.
To showcase what it takes to reach the highest levels of bartending, producers Something™ Originals secured exclusive access to World Class Global Finals in Sydney, Australia – following the journey of
competitors and country champions Sahil Essani (India), Liisa Lindroos (Finland) and Yui Ogata (Japan) as they shake, stir and strain their way towards the coveted title of World Class Global Bartender of the Year.
By closely documenting the three competitors, spectators are given a privileged viewpoint into the intimate moments of jeopardy, glory and the pursuit of perfection behind the highest level of cocktail-making like they have never been shown before.
The filmmakers followed Sahil Essani, a talented young bartender based in India to meet his mentors in the burgeoning cocktail scene in Goa, and immerse the viewer in a story of stalwart determination where a bartender’s community is a critical ingredient to meeting his goals. Liisa Lindroos, from Finland, warms the screen with her infectious smile, passion for nature and a bold display of rebellious creativity in her approach to the competition and innovative flavour combinations. And finally, Yui Ogata brings a blend of masterful perfectionism balancing family pressures and following her dreams that will leave you on your feet by the end. All three prepare their recipes, pack their bags, hug their families and take off for the Global Finals, where they compete for the coveted title, meet their heroes, and face unexpected challenges before they return home.
The documentary includes insight from some of the industry’s leading trailblazers. From globally renowned street-food chef, Roy Choi, to owner of some of the world’s best bars including Lyaness in London and Super Lyan in Amsterdam, Ryan Chetiyawardana; to the Director of Mixology at globally-renowned The Connaught Bar in London, Agostino Perrone, and World Class Global Bartender of the Year 2017, Kaitlyn Stewart; the industry icons share their insider knowledge of what it takes to succeed in the world of luxury hospitality – a journey of determination, craft, and game-changing flavour.
Speaking about the documentary, Marissa Johnston, Global Head of World Class at Diageo said: “SPIRIT so accurately captures the essence of World Class – one of the world’s biggest and most respected cocktail competitions. It’s a remarkable and compelling insight into what it takes to be a bartender today – we hope people enjoy it and are inspired to consider a career in the hospitality industry.”
Director Ross Bolidai remarked: “The aim of this new documentary was to go behind the scenes of World Class Global Finals to tell a story of energy, determination and spirit that reimagines how cocktails are seen globally. It was a privilege to witness the immense professionalism and grit each of the competitors displayed from start to finish.”
Diageo World Class has also confirmed it will host the 14th edition of its global finals in São Paulo, Brazil from 23rd – 27th September 2023.
On the 2023 World Class Global Finals location, Marissa Johnston said: “Following on from the incredible experience of hosting World Class Global Finals in Sydney, Australia, I’m so excited to bring the competition to the incredible city of São Paulo. We can’t wait to celebrate even more bartending talent in Brazil!”
The SPIRIT documentary can be watched on Prime Video from May 13th. The full trailer is available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CQ1koBUKJM. For more information on the documentary, visit the IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt27699377/?ref_=ext_shr_lnk.
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