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In what should be my final post about the Diageo World Class Global Finals, I wanted to mention a few cool tricks I saw from bartenders that might be fun to experiment with. (A bubbling dry ice drink from Heinz Kaiser) Henning Neufeld of Switzerland used vodka and ice, instead of water and ice, to cool his cocktail glasses. He said this was because vodka freezes at a lower temperature than water, you could get the glasses colder. Other bartenders used dry ice for this same purpose, but there was a lot of dry ice around. Heinz Kaiser of Austria... Read more →

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A month ago I attended the Diageo World Class Global Finals (Facebook group here) in New Delhi India. (Most of my posts on the matter can be found by following the India tag.) But I'm not done talking about it - just getting caught up now. There were six challenges in the contest and I sat in on two of them. Peter Dorelli judged the Cocktail Theater and Stars challenge, in which bartenders had to create a drink inspired by a woman; and then perform a fancy version of a bottle service serve. Gaz Regan judged the Gentlemen's Drinks &... Read more →

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I was in New Delhi all last week working both on reporting on the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals here on my blog and helping Simon Difford and his (ass-kicking) crew write a special edition of the online magazine and produce the official book that will come out later. Still working on that, actually. Over at DiffordsGuide.com, take a look at the write-ups on: Short bios of all 32 World Class Competing Bartenders The "gurus" and their challenges: Gary Regan, Salvatore Calabrese, Peter Dorelli, Dale DeGroff, and Daniel Estramadoyro. Read here. Quotes about the winner, Manabu Ohtake. A few... Read more →

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Last night was the announcement of the winners of the World Class competition in New Delhi, India. The winners of the challenges and regions are: DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: MANABU OHTAKE, THE TOWER’S BAR BELLOVISTO, JAPAN REGIONAL WINNERS 2011: ASIA PACIFIC DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: MANABU OHTAKE, THE TOWER’S BAR BELLOVISTO, JAPAN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: JESUS CABRERA, MEXICO EUROPEAN/MIDDLE EAST DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2011: HEINZ KAISER, DINO’S AMERICAN BAR, VIENNA, AUSTRIA CHALLENGE WINNERS 2011:... Read more →

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Hello again from India, where I am wide awake far too early in the morning thanks to the 12.5 hour time difference between here and California. On the plus side, that gives me a spare second to share some info from the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals 2011. I have been sitting in on one of the six challenges that the 32 bartenders are undertaking here at the competition: Cocktail Theater and the Stars. There are two parts to it. They must present an original cocktail inspired by a woman and give it a dramatic presentation. Then they must... Read more →

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Here at the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals in New Delhi, India there are 32 competing bartenders who must compete in six separate challenges. I finally figured out just how they heck they're going to to it: All of the five challenges happen at the same time in different rooms of the custom-built pavillion at the Imperial Hotel. Then there are several time slots during the week in which bartenders compete in one of the rooms. So basically the room stays the same, the judge of each competition stays the same, and the bartenders rotate through the various rooms... Read more →

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The 32 Bartender Competitors in the Global World Class Finals

These are the 32 competing bartenders in the Diageo Global World Class Finals here in New Delhi, India. Australia Tim Philips The Ivy's Level 6, Sydney Austria Heinz Kaiser Dino’s American Bar, Vienna Belgium Oliver Jacobs Cafe Theatre Brazil Talita Simões At Nine Cocktail Bar China Ryan Noreiks Alchemist Cocktail Kitchen Colombia Jorge Andres Garzon Paez Bardot Bar (Bogota Colombia) Costa Rica Adrián GerardoCamacho Ruiz Costa Rica Marriot Hotel Dominican Republic Patricia Toribio Agave Restaurant Dubai Jimmy Barrat De Cecco Zuma Dubai France Aymeric Tortereau Soda Bar Germany Torsten Spuhn Modern Masters in Erfurt Greece Nikos Bakoulis Picadilly bar, in... Read more →

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I arrived in India early Saturday morning for the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals, which kicks off Sunday night. Along with Simon Difford's team I visited a huge spice market. We took a cab as far as it would go, then jumped into tuk-tuks (one bike carrying two people) to take us as far as it would go into the market, and then walked on foot in the market itself. It was everything you imagine India to be - hot as hell, crowded, bustling, horns honking, smelling of spices, superfriendly people, visually assulting, absolutely amazing. Some pictures are below... Read more →

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