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The 2017 Chivas Masters Global Finalists

21st June 2017
Chivas Regal announce the 15 finalists who will be heading to Tokyo to compete to be crowned Chivas Masters Global Champion 2017.

2017 Chivas Masters Global Finalists

Chivas Regal has announced the 15 national winners who will be heading to Tokyo to compete to be crowned the 2017 Chivas Masters Global Champion.

The annual competition which is now in its fourth year tests the cocktail making skills of the worlds best bartenders and celebrates the innovation and the craftsmanship at the heart of mixology.

This years Chivas Masters Global Final which takes place between the 1st – 5th July will focus for the first time on the celebrated traditions of Tokyo’s bartending scene – whose unique cocktail customs continue to fascinate and inspire bartenders across the world. Throughout the week, the contestants will take part in a number of individual and team challenges, and will need to showcase both exemplary bartending skills and team spirit to impress the judges.

The judging panel comprises:

  • Iain Griffiths, hospitality industry pioneer and co-founder of Mr Lyan Ltd;
  • Micah Melton, beverage director at the Alinea Group (Aviary Chicago & NY) and renowned ‘ice chef’;
  • Chris Lowder, spirits evangelist and ‘New York’s Rising Star Bartender 2015’ (StarChefs);
  • Dré Masso, ex-director of bars for the Potato Head Group in Bali, Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong; worldwide Cocktail Mentor and spirit creator
  • Rogerio Igarashi Vaz, owner of Tokyo’s Tram & Trench, celebrating the modern interpretation of Japanese bartending

The 15 finalists, who have each excelled in their national competitions running across four continents, will be hosted in Tokyo by Masahiro Urushido, the first ever Chivas Masters Global Champion. They will be mentored by a distinguished panel of internationally-acclaimed judges, who will share their expertise through a series of inspirational masterclasses.

The 2017 Chivas Masters Global Finalists:

  • Sandra Šalatová (Czech Republic)
  • Atsushi Suzuki (China)
  • Ryan Nightingale (Hong Kong)
  • Masato Sakurai (Japan)
  • Benjamin Boyce (United Arab Emirates)
  • Hyacinthe Lescoët (France)
  • Wouter Bosch (The Netherlands)
  • Adam Schmidt (USA)
  • Rhys Wilson (United Kingdom)
  • Aloisek Rodríguez Martínez (Cuba)
  • Abner Barrientos (Puerto Rico)
  • Patryk Biadacz (Poland)
  • Daniel Huggins (Germany)
  • Roger Grüter (Switzerland)
  • Haydée Barron Flores (Mexico)

Max Warner, Global Brand Ambassador for Chivas Regal, commented: "Our 15 national winners have already hugely impressed us with both their skill and character, but there’s still much more to do if they want to be crowned our 2017 Chivas Masters Global Champion. The values of community, collaboration and generosity lie at the very heart of this competition, and successful participants must not only impress a world-renowned panel of judges, but demonstrate that they embody these values every step of the way."

The 2017 Chivas Masters Global Champion will be decided on the evening of Wednesday 5th July, and will win an all-access, all-expenses-paid trip to Tales of The Cocktail 2017 in New Orleans. The winning Chivas Masters Collective team will walk away with the pinnacle of the range, Chivas Regal The Icon, presented in a bespoke decanter with customised Japanese glassware.

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