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Diageo Reserve 2019 World Class GB Top 100 Bartenders

15th April 2019
Diageo Reserve names the Top 100 bartenders who have been invited to go forward in the World Class GB Bartender of the Year competition.

Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year competition.

Diageo Reserve has named its 2019 World Class Top 100 bartenders. The digital entry stage this year attracted a record number with a 50 per cent increase from the 2018 GB competition. The following competitors have all been chosen as the top 100 and will now be invited to submit their next entry online between 10th April and 1st May for the in-bar judging process when judges will travel across the UK to taste-test each entry drink. This entry stage is a ‘Tartan Tiki’ serve, integrating Talisker 10 Year Old into a tiki-style serve, demonstrating inspiration from Britain and showcasing British flavours.

Following the in-bar judging, the top 100 will be whittled down to 20, who will then come together to compete for the crown - GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2019 - before representing GB in the World Class Global Final hosted in Glasgow later this year.
First Name Last Name Bar Name City
Alex Palumbo Fazenda Edinburgh
Alexander Taylor Pennyroyal Cardiff
Andras Forray Home House London
Andrea Paleari Bloomsbury Club Bar London
Andrei Marcu The Edgbaston Hotel & Cocktail Lounge Birmingham
Andrew Gray The Finnieston Bar & Restaurant Glasgow
Andy Crowder The Curiosity Shop Lincoln
Anton Ruschev Hicce London
Arnaud Volte The London EDITION London
Ashley Barnett Church Street Gin House Wimborne
Ashton Williamson Lyaness London
Bartosz Miedeksza High Water London
Benjamin Higginson The Barologist Edinburgh
Benji Davies Little Mercies London
Bryn Lovell Public Sheffield
Calum Robb The Box Social Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Cameron Attfield Disrepute London
Charlotte Pemberton Nomadic Bartender Sheffield
Conor Moncrieff Cail Bruich Glasgow
Cosmin Tigroso Do Not Disturb London
Cristian Silenzi American Bar at The Savoy London
Cyril Francoise Kettner's Townhouse London
Daniel Williams No.6 Bar Swansea
Dario Arranz Oblix London
David Hall Terroir Tapas Bournemouth
Dom Horsley The Botanist York York
Elysa McGuire Below Stairs Leeds
Emanuel Blaj 144 on the Hill London
Emanuele Mensah Disrepute London
Eric Kedroff Stable Bar London
Ethan Youel Mark's Bar at HIX Soho London
Gabor Molnar The Pig Brockenhurst
Georgi Petrov The Italian Orchard Preston
Giacomo Guarnera The Churchill Bar & Terrace London
Giancarlo Quiroz Jesus Happiness Forgets London
Giovanni Tavano Kwānt London
Gregorio Soriente American Bar at The Savoy London
James Purcell Lacey Coppa Club Maidenhead
James Rawcliffe Tigerlily Edinburgh
James Hawkins Sexy Fish London
Jamie Gilmour The Washhouse Manchester
Jamie Moran Wheesht Glasgow
Jo Last Beaufort Bar at The Savoy London
Joanna Durczak Public Sheffield
Joe Senington The Larder House Bournemouth
Jonathan Arthur Bramble Bar Edinburgh
Juan Nosti Nine Lives London
Kieran Grieves Cairn Group Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Leigh Donaldson Brewhemia Edinburgh
Leonardo Renzi The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel & Cocktail


Liam Dervey The Leaky Boston Carlisle
Liam Scott The Corinthian Club Glasgow
Liam Grogan Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn Glasgow
Luke Robinson Lyaness London
Luke Bensley Nocturnal Animals Birmingham
Marco Semeraro The Arts Club London
Mark McClintock Every Cloud London
Martin Zemanovic The Hide Bar London
Matteo Vaccargiu Hide Below London
Matteo Carretta Mr Fogg Society of Exploration London
Matteo Battistello White City House (Soho House) London
Matthew Cusworth Hoot the Redeemer Edinburgh
Matthew Galloway Tigerlily Edinburgh
Max Allison Scout London
Michael Fox Revolution Lincoln Lincoln
Michael Dylan Edwards Aether Liverpool
Michel Paszto Simon Radley Arkle Bar at The Chester


Mike Canham Red Light Bristol
Mikey Pendergast East London Liquor Company London
Miriam Nini The Groucho Club London
Mycol Cavalieri Coco Tang Nottingham
Oliver Braybrook Revolution Stafford Stafford
Oliver Wood Original Sin London
Paras Rajauriya Hilton London Syon Park London
Peter Konkoly COYA Mayfair London
Pierre Bedouillat COYA Mayfair London
Ping Fan Chen Oblix London
Robert Simpson The Clove Club London
Roberto Conti The Bloomsbury Club Bar London
Ross Edwin Montieths Edinburgh
Ryan Snedden Lucky Liquor Co. Edinburgh
Sam Baxendale KIN Edinburgh
Samuel Cronshaw BrewStone Swansea
Sean Fennelly Fitz's London
Sebastian Irimus Hide Restaurant London
Simone Sanna Cub London
Stefano Frau Tigerlily Edinburgh
Stevie Kane Cub London
Thomas Ryan Board Exeter
Thomas Payne Revolution Cornerhouse Nottingham
Thomas Auger Genuine Liquorette London
Thomas Loosli Original Sin London
Timothy Batchelor The Pig Hotel Brockenhurst Brockenhurst
Tom Kirk Below Stairs Leeds
Tom Wishart The Amsterdam Glasgow
Tommy Matthews The Edgbaston Birmingham
Valerio Vitiello Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour London
Vasili Panagopoulos Kelvingrove Cafe Glasgow
William Campbell- Rowntree Artesian London
Yoann Tarditi The London EDITION Lobby Bar London

Those competitors in the top 100 listed above must submit their ‘Tartan Tiki’ serve online at the www.theworldclassclub.com and post a picture of the drink to social media using #WorldClassGB2019 between 10th April and 1st May. Cocktails must be in the form of a highball and include at least 30ml of Talisker 10 Year Old as a base spirit.

The winner of the GB World Class 2019 Competition will win a prize package consisting of:

  • A trip to Glasgow to represent your country in the World Class Global Finals 2019.
  • A tour of a selection of key Diageo owned distilleries covering the four corners of Scotland.
  • A guest bartending shift at a European city.
  • Cocktail Kingdom bar tools and equipment.
  • Offers for paid event work with Diageo GB leading up until next year’s competition.
  • Nationwide exposure and dedicated PR for the World Class GB Winner and their bar throughout the year.
  • Professional signature serve and profile photo shoot with top industry photographer.


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