Canadian bartender Kaitlyn Stewart was crowned as Diageo’s World Class Bartender of the Year 2017 last night after completing a series of competitions during a four-days round of finals, which were held in Mexico City and gathered 55 competitors from the different participating countries.
Stewart works at the Royal Dinette in Vancouver and now she’ll have the opportunity to travel the world as spend a year as Diageo’s Reserve Brand Ambassador, creating drinks and judging competitions. She also joined the World Class Hall of Fame, as its ninth member.
Kaitlyn triumphed at the Lucha Libre ring, where contenders where asked to create their best classic cocktail. The she faced the Heat of the Moment challenge in which she had to mix a cocktail incorporating the best of culinary techniques. The third task was the Mex ECO challenge where she aimed to create the ultimate green cocktail.
Regarding her victory, Kaitlyn Stewart said: “I’m so incredibly amazed and shocked to have been named the world’s best bartender. It’s been a grueling week, taking on the toughest challenges against some of most skilled bartenders I’ve ever met. Participating in the Finals was amazing enough but to finish the week as winner… I’m so delighted! Cocktails are on the up now more than ever and to be at the forefront of that, pushing forward the idea of using better ingredients and better recipes to create even better cocktails is something I’m really passionate about and I’ve loved every moment of this experience.”
For 2018, World Class will move to Berlin, where the competition will celebrate its 10th anniversary.
More information: diageo.com