Canadians to Compete for World’s Best Bartender Title


TORONTO — For the first time, Canadian bartenders will participate in the Diageo World Class competition. Considered the Oscars of the cocktail world, the contest is held from July 4 to 9 aboard the Azamara Club Cruise Ship.

“Now in its fourth year, we’sre thrilled that Diageo Canada is participating in World Class, giving our Canadian bartenders the opportunity to showcase their talents in the world’s largest international cocktail event,” said Maggie Lapcewich, president of Diageo Canada.

“Fifty of the most elite bartenders will vie for the coveted title of Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year, and, for the first time, we’sre proud that a Canadian will be among them.”

To qualify, Canadian bartenders compete nationally until April 30. Next, the country’s top 10 finalists will meet in Toronto for the Diageo World Class Canada finals June 10. To win the title of Diageo Canada’s World Class Bartender of the Year, contestants will complete three challenges that will require them to create six original cocktails. The panel of judges will include Steve Olsen and Tony Abou-Ganim, along with last year’s World Class USA winner Ricky Gomez and Canadian author and journalist, Jacob Richler. The bartender with the highest score will be crowned Diageo Canada’s World Class Bartender of the Year and represent Canada in the global final. Only the 50 best bartenders in the world will be selected to compete to earn the coveted title of Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year.

Diageo is a premium drinks business with beverage alcohol brands that include spirits, beer, and wine.

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