THE 50 BEST BARS THE BLEND SCHOLARSHIP RETURNS, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASPIRING BARTENDERS


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The Blend by Beam Suntory and The World’s 50 Best Bars today announce the return of the 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship – giving great ideas a louder voice and creating inspiring opportunities for bartenders around the globe who see a path to a better future for hospitality.

Following the success of last year’s programme where Drew Fleming, a bartender from the Isle of Man, was named champion; the 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship is this year again open to any bartender from anywhere in the world aged 21 or over, with under 5 years of bartending experience.

One trailblazing bartender will be given the incredible opportunity to expand their horizons with unique stages at Sips in Barcelona (ranked number 3 in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 list), and at Alquimico in Cartagena (number 10 in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2022 list). 

The winner will secure mentorship from the most inspiring and influential professionals in the industry and will be hosted by The Blend by Beam Suntory Global Team for an internship. Flights, accommodation, and a weekly financial allowance are included in the prize. 

Commenting on his experience as the winner of the 2022 Scholarship, Drew Fleming said: 

“I am so excited to see the return of the 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship for 2023. The whole experience for me was amazing and really helped me develop unique skills for the future of my career. From the competition itself to working with two of the best bars in the world, The Connaught Bar in London and Katana Kitten in New York. I learnt so much about first-class hospitality and met some of the finest people in our industry. I highly recommend any fellow bartender to enter this competition. You can’t win if you don’t try, right?”

The details

The theme of the Scholarship for 2023 is Future Positive – a commitment to a more sustainable and equitable future in which hospitality has a positive impact. 

Through the application process, The Blend and The World’s 50 Best Bars will be on the lookout for budding bartenders who embrace a Future Positive mindset, have creative solutions to issues faced by hospitality and can share impactful ideas that can drive change for our planet, community, colleagues and our guests.

Candidates will need to show a readiness to contribute to this outlook in order to be selected by the illustrious judging panel (see The Selection Process, below).

Applications will open on 17th April via The World’s 50 Best Bars website and close on 15th May. Applicants can see unique content which will help with their entry on www.theblend.world

The Selection Process

The 50 Best Scholar will be selected after a three-stage judging process, which will feature leading lights of the bar industry.

Round One: Applicants will be asked to share their vision of Future Positive and what it tangibly means to them as a bartender as part of a video application. A total of 25 applicants will be selected to go through to Round Two.

Round Two: The shortlisted candidates will be asked to design a drink inspired by the theme and that heroes one local ingredient as well as document the research, development, and process that goes into making their cocktail curation. For this second stage, the judging panel will include Kelsey Ramage (The Trash Collective), Jean Trinh (Alquimico), Simone Caporale (Sips), and Christina Rasmussen (Mallow) to help select the top five applicants who will make it to the final round. 

Round Three: For the five finalists, the third stage will comprise an interview process with 50 Best and The Blend teams, Simone Caporale, and Jean Trinh.

The three finalists will be hosted at The World’s 50 Best Bars 2023 ceremony in Singapore, where the winner will be announced. The internships will take place in 2024.

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