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WORLD CLASS Finals Heats Up in Mexico

This week fifty-five of the best bartenders in the industry compete in the biggest bartending competition in the world. Landing in Mexico City on Sunday evening each of the bartenders will be vying for the title WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year.

During the four day competition, bartenders will be put to the test with a number of challenges, from making show-stopping creations that will shape the future of cocktail culture to shaking off their competition in the knockout Lucha Libre cocktail challenge.

Andrea Gualdi, Australia

In preparation for each challenge, each competitor has the world’s finest luxury spirits including Johnnie Walker, Cîroc, Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Zacapa, Bulleit, Don Julio, and a fine collection of single malts at their disposal to create a world class cocktail and what bartenders hope to be a winning cocktail.

Johanna Dalley, WORLD CLASS Director, said: “This is the biggest and best-bartending competition in the world and biggest WORLD CLASS competition yet. We are delighted to welcome the world’s best bartenders as they compete for the title of WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year. This is the ninth year we’ve run this competition and, if the past eight years are anything to go by, we’re set for a week of some of the most incredible cocktail making, all within one of the most vibrant cities in the world – Mexico City.

Samuel Kwok, Hong Kong

“The cocktail revolution is booming and these bartenders are leading the way. Expect to see the pinnacle of bartending creations and new trends which will set the cocktail agenda for months and years to come.”

Here are some snapshots from WORLD CLASS so far:

Suguru Makinaga, Japan
Barna Jeremias UAE
Andrea Gualdi Australia
Samuel Kwok, Hong Kong
Alfado Goenawan, Indonesia