David Rios Is Diageo Bartender of the Year
David Rios of Jigger Cocktail & Disco Bar, Spain, was crowned Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2013, rising above 44 other global finalists to win the international accolade.
Over the past year, contenders from bars around the world have competed in local and regional heats, each aspiring to attain a coveted place at the Global Final aboard the boutique Azamara Club Cruise’s ship, Azamara Journey.
Participants from over 50 countries participated with finalists being selected to showcase their creations in front of some of the most revered names in the industry – Salvatore Calabrese, Peter Dorelli, Dale DeGroff, Gary Regan, Julie Reiner, Hidetsugu Ueno, Arturo Savage, Steve Olson and Aristotelis Papadopoulos.
“I look forward to the year ahead, travelling the world as an ambassador for the programme, meeting my peers, educating new talent, and learning about new cocktail cultures and trends around the globe,” said David Rios.