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Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2010.

From around the globe, 24 of the most talented bartenders have gathered in Athens for the final stage of their quest to become Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2010.

Over 9,000 bartenders set out on this year long programme to educate and inspire bartenders to create exceptional cocktails and experiences in the best bars around the world. It is the largest global stage for the craft of bartending.

In Greece, home of last year's winner Aristotelis Papadopoulos, the finalists' craft is being tested by the gods of the bartending world

Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese, Peter Dorelli, Gary Regan, Alberto Soria, and Hidetsugu Ueno - in six challenges, including Ritual & Theatre of Drinks, Speed & Taste and Cocktail Mastery.

Master distillers and blenders are on hand to impart their knowledge of the exceptional brands within the Diageo Reserve portfolio - Ketel One(R) vodka, Ciroc(R) vodka, Tanqueray(R) No.TEN(TM) gin, Don Julio(R) tequila, Zacapa(R) rum, Johnnie Walker(R) Gold Label(TM) and Blue Label(TM) Blended Scotch Whisky.



"WORLD CLASS is a truly international celebration of the flair, creativity and skill of the bartender and the appreciation of great spirit brands." says Andrew Fell, Commercial Director, Diageo Reserve.

Follow the competition at //www.weareworldclass.com, Global World Class Finals on Facebook or WorldClass2010 on Twitter.

Global Finalists

AUSTRALIA Adam Brewer Sling Lounge, Brisbane
AUSTRIA Heinz Kaiser Dino's American Bar, Vienna
BELGIUM Noach Van Damme L'Apereau, Blankenberge
BRAZIL Rafael Pizanti Bar do Copo, Rio de Janeiro
COLOMBIA Felipe Navarro Club El Nogal, Bogota
COSTA RICA Esteban Delgado Badilla T.G.I. Friday's, San Jose
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Richard Gonzalez CavaBar Lounge & Martini Lab, Santo Domingo
DUBAI Tomas Dundulis Okku, The Monarch Dubai
FRANCE Maxime Hoerth Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
GERMANY Torsten Spuhn Modern Masters, Erfurt
GREECE Ilias Marinakis Baba Au Rum, Athens
IRELAND Max La Rocca Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare
JAPAN Takumi Watanabe The Sailing Bar, Kibi
KOREA Do-Hwan Eom The Ritz Bar, Seoul
MALAYSIA Amanda Wan Vintage Bank, Kuala Lumpur
MEXICO Jose Luis Leon Martinez Hotel Distrito Capital, Santa Fe
NETHERLANDS Timo Janse Door 74, Amsterdam
PUERTO RICO Arnaldo Hernandez InterContinental San Juan Resort & Casino
SINGAPORE Richard Gillam New Asia, Swisshotel The Stamford
SPAIN Jordi Otero Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
SWITZERLAND Thomas Huhn Les Trois Rois, Basel
TAIWAN Angus Zou Marquee, Taipei
UK Erik Lorincz The Connaught, London
VENEZUELA Rina Fermin Suria, Valencia

Representing Spain is Jordi Otero (Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona)


Representing Malaysia and Singapore are Amanda Wan (Vintage Bank, Kuala Lumpur) and Richard Gillam (New Asia, Swisshotel The Stamford) respectively.

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