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Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2021 launches with online masterclass

January 19, 2021
By Melissa Parker

Diageo World Class, the most respected international bartending competition, launches its much-anticipated 2021 program with an online masterclass hosted at midday tomorrow, Wednesday 20 January 2021.

Recognised globally as one of the most prestigious bartending competitions, Diageo World Class has trained and inspired over 350,000 bartenders across the globe for the past eleven years. This year will appoint the 12th World Class Bartender of the Year.

The competition partners with the Diageo Reserve Collection, created in 2004 focussing on luxury global drinks brands with strong provenance and craftmanship including Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Zacapa Rum, Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky, The Singleton Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Bulleit Bourbon, Cîroc Vodka and Don Julio Tequila.

The 2021 chapter will kick off tomorrow with the launch of an interactive masterclass that will equip would-be contestants with all the knowledge and information they need to compete. Participants for the masterclass can register here. (hyperlink

The Australian finals will take place in April at the World Class Cocktail Festival, a weeklong celebration of cocktail culture. The national winner will then travel to Madrid to represent Australia in the Global Finals from 5-8 July 2021.

Andrea Gualdi, 2017 Australian Bartender of the Year said World Class is so much more than a title.

“It is a tight-knit community that encourages us to connect with, learn from and inspire each other – pushing drinks culture to the bleeding edge of innovation. No matter where you place in the competition, World Class leaves a lasting impact and helps open the doors to so many new experiences and opportunities,” said Gualdi.

For any aspiring bartender, participating in Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year is an exciting opportunity to join a global community while representing your country on the world stage. Entries open on 1 February. To register:​/.

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