The best bartenders in South Africa will mix off in the Diageo Reserve World Class national final at The Marly Hotel in Cape Town from 1-3 July. The winner of this stage will represent South Africa in the World Class global final in the UK in July and August in a quest to become the world’s best barman. Here are the contenders.
Jeff Lopes of The Michelangelo Hotel was recently crowned Johannesburg’s best barman in the regional round of the compeition after showing skill and creativity in his multi-sensory drinking experiences. Runner-up Simphiwe Ngcobo, also of the Michelangelo Hotel, impressed the judges with exciting signature cocktails featuring fresh flavours.
Brent Perremore of Orphanage Cocktail Emporium won the Cape Town regional section thanks to his attention to detail, while runner-up Assaf Yechiel, also from Orphanage Cocktail Emporium, won a place in the national final for his playful presentations and creative combinations.
Joining these six talents will be wild card entrant Marson Strydom of Buena Vista Social Café in Cape Town, who obtained the highest overall leaderboard score after the regional winners had been selected.
The winner of the national final will go on to compete against the world’s best bartenders at the Diageo Reserve World Class global final in Scotland and London in July/August. (Find World Class South Africa on Facebook.)