Diageo Reserve’s World Class bartender competition has officially opened for entries in the UK.
The annual competition, which is now in its twelfth year, encourages bartenders from across the country to submit a digital entry of one or two serves, to be in with the chance of making it into the top 100.
Bartenders have been asked to submit to two modules. The first, ‘Acid House’, is designed to celebrate the whole citrus fruit that forms an integral part of Diageo’s premium gin brand Tanqueray No Ten. Entrants will then be challenged to replace the fresh citrus with an alternative acid of their choice.
The second module is ‘Heritage Highballs’. Paying homage to the classic Johnnie Walker Highball, it challenges entrants to produce their own Highball serve using Johnnie Walker Black Label and a range of ingredients with an “interesting backstory”.
Contestants will then be shortlisted to 20 following an in-bar judging stage. The UK’s top 20 bartenders will compete to be crowned GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2020 at the GB final, taking place in the New Forest in June.
The overall winner will represent GB in the World Class Global Final hosted in Sydney, Australia this autumn.
To enter the competition, bartenders will need to submit a cocktail to one or both of the digital entry challenges by midnight 9 March online via www.TheWorldClassClub.com and share a photo of the drink on social media using #WorldClassGB2020.
Jack Sotti, World Class GB brand ambassador at Diageo Reserve, said: “World Class has become a hotly anticipated calendar date for bartenders across the globe and it is fantastic to have built such a strong community.
“This year’s GB competition has got off to an explosive start with a record-number of bartenders joining the World Class journey on our UK-wide tour.
“GB representative Cameron Attfield came in fourth at the Global Finals in 2019 and this year, we will be watching closely to see if any of our bartenders can go that one step further and bring home the coveted title of World Class Bartender of the Year 2020 – let’s watch this space!”
In October 2019, Singapore’s Bannie Kang was crowned the 2019 World Class Bartender of the Year in Glasgow and became the 11th member of the World Class Hall of Fame.