World Class UK final takes to the sky

British AirwaysThe UK final of this year’s Diageo Reserve World Class competition will be soaring to new heights through a partnership with British Airways.

Ten UK finalists will meet in the first-class lounge at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 next Monday (May 13) to battle it out for four spots on a BA flight to New York City.

On board the outbound flight, the four finalists will be challenged to create the perfect in-flight cocktail at altitude, with limited glassware, resources and time.

The final leg of the competition will be on board an exclusive all-business-class BA service from NYC to London City Airport, where they will have to create the “ultimate luxury night cap cocktail”.

The two best bartenders will be crowned World Class UK finalists, entitling them to compete at the Western European finals for a chance to go on to compete in the global final.

Nick Temperley, head of Diageo Reserve Brands, said: “We are delighted to partner with British Airways. Our shared values to provide money-can’t-buy experiences for our customers will raise the bar for this year’s Diageo Reserve World Class competition.”

Kate Thornton, BA head of product and service, said: “We are delighted to be playing host to the UK final of the World Class competition for the country’s most talented mixologists. Creating cocktails which taste as good in the air as they do on the ground with limited time, space and resources will be the ultimate challenge.”

Last week, the London heat of World Class was won by Simone Caporale of the Artesian Bar at London’s Langham Hotel while the Scotland heat was won by Iain McPherson, general manager of The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh.

The global final of World Class in July will be on water, with 50 bartenders embarking on a five-day cruise on the Azamara Journey along the French Riviera to St Tropez and Ibiza, finishing off in Barcelona.

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