Brought to you by Diageo World Class
Earlier this year, the Diageo World Class Competition kicked off with a number of South African bartenders competing to be one of the finalists from their region. Then, the top 10 finalists vied for the ultimate prize of competing at the global finals, to be held in Madrid. The winner of the South African leg of the competition? That would be Brent Perremore from The Art of Duplicity. Here, he shares what inspires him, what drinks he thinks will take centre stage, his thoughts on the bar scene in SA, and more.
Unfortunately, gin will take a dip. Some said the next liquor to shine was going to be rum, but I think it’s the turn of tequila and other agave spirits.
Being creative and telling stories with your drinks.
Over-using crushed ice. No one wants watery, over-diluted drinks.
I am inspired by literally everything – pop culture, books, jokes, people etc.
Not to sound biased but The Art Of Duplicity.
I left chef school because I didn’t like the work hours. It was supposed to become an in-between job but ended up becoming my career because I enjoyed it so much.
Small but tight-knit. We have world-class bartenders but not enough great bars to work in. Some of the best cocktail bars are bartender-owned.
There’s no easy way – just hard work, passion and a willingness to learn. There are way too many Instagram bartenders trying to look good but not enough willing to put in the work.
An Old Fashioned because it is the OG of all cocktails.
Bitters, Rosso Vermouth and Campari.