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World Class Bartender Of The Year Sets Off On World Tour


20th February 2019
World Class Bartender of the Year 2018 winner, Orlando Marzo, is set to embark on a global tour as the search for the 2019 Bartender of the Year begins.

World Class Bartender Of The Year Orlando Marzo is to set off on a global tour.

Just ahead of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2019 competition kicking off next week here in the UK World Class has announced that the 2018 competition winner, Orlando Marzo, is to set off on a global tour, visiting the best bars, restaurants and festivals around the world.

Tokyo…New Orleans…Amsterdam…London…are just some of the incredible cities the recently crowned world’s best bartender is set to visit as he brings over 80 perfect cocktail recipes to bars, restaurants and festivals around the world. And the best bit? It’s a prize that budding bartenders everywhere can also compete for around the world, with the winner crowned at World Class Global Finals in Scotland later this year.

It was only last October when Orlando beat thousands of talented bartenders at the World Class Bartender of the Year competition to clinch the title of the 2018 Bartender of the Year. And after creating countless cocktails during the toughest challenges in the business, he now embarks on a global tour – the spoils from his World Class win – which sees him take up exclusive residencies at some of the world’s most talked about drinking spots, teach bartenders the hottest techniques at World Class Studios, and showcase his skills at the go-to place for foodies everywhere, Taste Festivals. All the while, he’ll be judging the drinks creations of ambitious bartenders across the world who are now seeking to be crowned the 2019 champion.

Orlando said: "Since winning in Berlin last year, I’ve had opportunities I’d only ever dreamed of. Entering the competition was one of the best decisions of my life. If I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be travelling the world visiting the planet’s coolest venues and helping others achieve their goals of becoming a top bartender.

"Diageo World Class is an amazing opportunity and if you’re a bartender and are considering entering this year, you should totally go for it because taking part is an incredible experience."

Emily Wheldon, Global Head of WORLD CLASS, said: "Orlando wowed the crowds in Berlin, using his expert skills to create incredible, unforgettable drinks. His attention to detail and high standards made him a worthy winner, and I’m delighted to see him jet off on this fantastic adventure to inspire the next generation of bartenders to take a leap of faith and go for it!"

The 11th annual Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year competition returns this September in Glasgow with World Class Studios, where bartenders from around the world will face off against their peers; mixing, muddling and shaking it up with Diageo’s award-winning Reserve brands including Ketel One vodka, Zacapa rum, and Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky.

So if you fancy your chances or you know a talented bartender let them know that the UK leg for the search of the the World Class Bartender of the Year 2019 begins next week with World Class Studios sessions so don't hang around.

The World Class Studios Schedule:

  • GLASGOW – 25th February 2019 - Main event & after party
     
  • MANCHESTER – 4th March 2019 - Main event & after party
     
  • LONDON – 11th March 2019 - Main event & after party
     
  • EDINBURGH - 26th February 2019
     
  • LEEDS – LIVERPOOL – BIRMINGHAM - 6th March 2019
     
  • CARDIFF – BRISTOL – BOURNEMOUTH 13th March 2019

Each of the World Class Studios sessions will be held at Revolution venues across the country. For further details or to get involved in the World Class studio sessions, bartenders should visit https://worldclassgb.events.idloom.com
 

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