The Kenyan round of the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS competition was held on 25th May at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel and the 7 mixologists from Nairobi’s top spots brought their A game. There were 4 tough challenges based on last year’s global final giving all the competitors a taste of the pressure and skill level of World Class.
Pressure was high throughout the competitions as the mixologists battled it out against time. The judges took the finalists through a round of challenges including interviews and of course cocktail making including a challenge where finalists were required to make ten cocktails in ten minutes. The finalists were judged on creativity, speed, technique, presentation, aroma, taste and the balance of their cocktails. The judges featured: Dougie Duncanson, Diageo Reserve Ambassador East Africa, Alex Kavita, Diageo Reserve Ambassador Kenya, Brian Otieno, Diageo Reserve Ambassador Kenya, Michelle Slater,EatOut General Manager and Susan Wong, Capital FM and all round social media food expert.
Capital Club’s Kelvin Mbugua emerged the winner clenching the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year title. Kelvin will be representing Kenya at the WORLD CLASS Global final in Mexico City, USA in August. He will go against competitors from 59 countries around the world aiming to be crowned ‘Bartender of the Year’. A title that opens the ambassador to travelling all around the world, acquiring education and inspiring new talent whilst developing their own skills and knowledge through the different tastes and techniques they experience along the way.
Kelvin competed against: Dennis Mburu Ndungu- Capital Club, Samuel Nguyo- Mojitos Bar and Lounge, Renn Malesi- Brew Bistro, Wilberforce Ochanda – J’s Fresh Bar & Kitchen, Joseph Mwawaka- Brew Bistro and Varun Sareen-Nyama Mama