India’s best bartender chosen for Diageo cocktail challenge
May 13, 2011: After the many rounds of master classes, brand workshops and cocktail challenges, India’s 11 most talented mixologists came together in Mumbai to contest for the crown of India’s best bartender at the national final of the Diageo Reserve World Class.
The finalists were put through intense rounds to test their skill, service, speed, knowledge and creativity. Judges included renowned designer Narendra Kumar; Global Brand Ambassador – Diageo Reserve World Class Spike Marchant and Adam Brewer, 2010 Diageo Reserve World Class Australia Bartender of the Year.
Using their knowledge of luxury spirits, the finalists were asked to create exquisite drinks. The competition, designed to celebrate the art of bartending, saw Hemant Kumar Pathak from Taj Palace taking top honours.
Impressed by the calibre of Indian bartenders, Spike Marchant, Global Brand Ambassador – Diageo Reserve World Class, says, “It’s amazing to see bartenders from different parts of India, representing diverse cultures and techniques, serving guests and creating cocktails. From the artistry and creativity to the mastery of a complex craft, the depth of knowledge and talent that India has behind the bars is incredible. I’ve been totally blown away by the skill of the bartenders. Their creations have been truly world class!”