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12 Semi-Finalists announced for World Class HK and Macau

Toby Lo of Quinary

Diageo Reserve has announced the semi-finalists for the 2017 Hong Kong and Macau edition of the World Class cocktail competition. The 12 were chosen over two seasonal challenges, which required bartenders to create winter and spring cocktails from the Diageo Reserve portfolio.

For the Winter Round, the top six chosen were:

Alexander Ko – The Woods

Ana Souza – The Pontiac

Mars Chun – The Woods

Lok Cheung – Angel’s Share

Samuel Kwok – Quinary

Toby Lo – Quinary

The Spring Round winners are:

Ashim Gurung – Brickhouse

Koco Widyatno – The Ritz Carlton Macau

Nokoy Mak – Topiary

Paul Chan – Flint Bar

Valerio Politano – Skye

Yuta Inagaki – Bar Butler

Ana Souza of The Pontiac

The 12 finalists will now compete at the World Class semi-final on Tuesday, May 16th at Honi Honi from 12pm-4pm. The semi-final has two challenges for the bartenders the Tanqueray Aroma Challenge and the Zacapa Rum Challenge. The Tanqueray Challenge requires bartenders to create a cocktail that employs the aromas of Tanqueray, which the Zacapa Challenge tasks bartenders with deconstructing the five tastes – sweet, salty, bitter, sour and savoury. The top six winners will be announced by Ron Zacapa Master Distiller and judge, Lorena Varquez.

The final of World Class for Hong Kong and Macau will follow on, with the top six finalists competing at Taikoo Place on June 12 and 15, with the winner going on to represent the region at the Global Finals in Mexico in August.

Find out more at theworldclassclub.com