Diageo’s Finalists for Bartender of the Year Award

From a group of 15,000 talented mixologists, Diageo Reserve World Class, transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture around the globe, has announced the top 16 finalists vying for the ultimate title of Bartender of the Year. With a strong Asia Pacific and European contingent, the finalists include:

-       Australia, Tim Philips

-       Belgium, Olivier Jacobs

-       China, Tree Mao

-       Denmark, Kaspar Riewe Henriksen

-       Great Britain, Andy Mil

-       Italy, Dennis Zoppi

-       Japan, Shigeki Yoshida

-       Lebanon, Varia Dellalian

-       Netherlands, Fjalar Goud

-       Singapore, Aki Eguchi

-       Spain, Guiseppe Santamaria

-       Taiwan, Kae Yin

-       Thailand, Supawit Muttarattana

-       Trinidad, Stephon Scott

-       UAE, Jimmy Barrat

-       USA, Ricky Gomez

[ Also Read: Meet T.G.I. Friday’s World Bartender Champion ]

Over the next two days the top 16 finalists will compete through an additional elimination round, leaving just eight global finalists who aspire to be crowned Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2012 on 12 July. It was announced Wednesday, July 11.

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world’s leading premium drinks business with a collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

In the picture above: Bartender Tree Mao, representing China, competes in the Retro Chic Classic and Vintage during day 2 of the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS 2012 Global Final on July 10, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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