Curtains came down at the Diageo World Class Bartending competition with the winner landing the chance to represent Kenya in the international competition in Glasgow, Scotland
Now in its fifth year in Kenya, the World Class Bartender of the Year competition seeks to upskill bartenders and mixologists through a rigorous training regimen after which they compete for the right to represent Kenya in the international competition.
The competition, which started in May, saw 42 of Kenya’s bartending elite go through an educational masterclass dubbed the ‘World Class Studios 2019′. After which 6 were selected to battle it out for the national finals with Angeliqua Rivera of Dusit D2 emerging the overall winner.
During the finals the 6 mixologists from Nairobi’s top spots brought their A game, the cocktail competition offered a variety of curated experiences that celebrate the craft of bartending and provided costumers with amazing quality cocktails, while delivering a luxury consumption experience.
Angeliqua who presented a cocktail named Fallen Heroes in honour of her colleagues who lost their lives on the 15th of January during a terror attack on 14 Riverside, emerged the winner clenching the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year title beating off stiff competition from Redempta Muluka (Radisson Blu), Nicholas Ndungu (The Collective), Briane Oyongo (Dusit D2), Emanuel Wambua (De Javu) and Josephyne Nguono (Park Inn by Radisson).
A title that opens the ambassador to travelling all around the world, acquiring education and inspiring new talent whilst developing their own skills and knowledge through the different tastes and techniques they experience along the way.
World Class challenges bartenders across the nation to submit their cocktail creations using spirits from the Diageo’s reserve portfolio; Johnnie Walker, Cîroc, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Zacapa, Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio, and a fine collection of single malts.
“We have trained over 5,000 bartenders across the country over the last five years with 210 of them getting the opportunity to compete for the World Class Bartender of the year title. The competition is the ultimate opportunity to enhance skills and profile them on the global stage.” Said Diageo East Africa National Advocacy Manager Douglas Duncanson.
According to Diageo East Africa Reserve Brand Ambassador Alex Kavita, Angeliqua truly stood out as the best of the best, able to master the Diageo Reserve luxury portfolio to create ground-breaking results.
“I would encourage the youth especially girls not to shy away from bartending; it is a real career and reliable source of income, I would be willing to mentor any girl who wants to take up the art of bartending” said Angeliqua.
As one of the most prestigious bartending contests in the world, WORLD CLASS continues its mission to inspire people to drink better and create unforgettable experiences in the process.