Congratulations to Patrick Mutua from Kempinski who was crowned the winner of the Diageo Kenya World Class competition on June 28 2018. He will represent Kenya in the international competition that will take place in Berlin, Germany in October 2018.
At the beginning of the competition, 40 of Kenya’s bartending elite went through an intense training programme to upskill local mixologists from various bars and restaurants in order to meet the growing demand for an enhanced customer experience. Out of the 40, only six made it to the finals where they battled it out with their own signature cocktails to clinch the World Class Kenya Bartender of the year title.
“I appreciate Diageo for giving me this opportunity to learn more about becoming an exceptional mixologist. It is through working together with my fellow bartenders that I have learnt how to create the perfect balance in a cocktail,” said Patrick.
Patrick survived the fire of the Heat of the Moment challenge as he showed how to break boundaries in cocktail making by incorporating the best of culinary techniques with his ‘El Granjero’ cocktail. El Granjero is a Spanish word meaning the farmer; which is the country of origin for Ron Zacapa; the spirit he used to make his cocktail. He took on the challenge to show how bartenders can look for new ways to create the ultimate cocktail.
“Patrick truly stood out as the best of the best, able to master the Diageo Reserve luxury portfolio to create ground-breaking results,” said Diageo East Africa Reserve Brand Ambassador Alex Kavita.
“World Class is on a mission to make the world drink better – it is a mark of distinction that guarantees the best in drinking experiences whether that’s the world’s best bartenders, bars, spirits, drinks, recipes or entertainment,” said Diageo East Africa Senior Brand Ambassador Douglas Duncanson. “Since its inception, World Class has been passionate about giving the bartenders the spotlight they deserve for being incredibly talented professionals whose skill is on a par with the world’s best chefs but also supporting them to increase their skills and be able to create better and great drinking experiences to consumers”, he added.
The Global Final will see the world’s best bartenders battle it out in a series of innovative cocktail and mixology challenges and be judged by the world’s most respected mixologists and taste experts to be crowned World’s best bartender of the year.