Andy Ferreira from Cask in Cork was announced the ‘World Class Irish Bartender of the Year 2017’ at this week’s Irish Final which took place in Zozimus Bar, Dublin. Andy will go on to represent Ireland in the World Class Global Final 2017 which will take place in Mexico City this coming September.
World Class is the world’s most prestigious and respected mixology programme, committed to celebrate and elevate the craft of bartending. This global competition brings together the best bars, the most talented bartenders and the most exquisite spirits from around the world.
To determine Ireland’s best bartender, some of the industry’s most influential figures joined this year’s judging panel including Roe & Co Ambassador, Peter O’Connor, World Class Luxury Events Manager, Dan Dove, World Class Ireland Winner 2016, Andrew Dickey and celebrity chef and co-host of MasterChef UK, John Torode who took part for the second year running.
Competing alongside Andy were Aidan Mulvaney from An Pucan in Galway and Karim Medhi from The Exchequer, Martin Holec from Delahunt, Alan Moore from Lemuel’s and Mihai Pop from Chelsea Drugstore, all based in Dublin. All six finalists competed head-to-head in a series of complex challenges testing them on all aspects of the craft of bartending where they had to demonstrate skill, passion, innovation, creativity and ambition. For the first time ever, the finalists were also put through their paces in a speed challenge in front of a live audience.
World Class is centred on the Diageo Reserve portfolio which the competing bartenders are encouraged to use, innovate and experiment with: Ketel One vodka, Cîroc vodka, Ron Zacapa rum, Tanqueray No. TEN gin, Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio Tequila, Johnnie Walker Gold Label and Blue Label whisky and malt whiskies, Cardhu, Singleton and Talisker. The newest addition to the portfolio is Roe & Co premium blended Irish whiskey.
Chef and celebrity judge John Torode commented; “I am continually impressed and inspired by the raw talent, skill and creativity of Ireland’s bartenders. World Class is an amazing platform celebrating young bartending talent and I am yet again, blown away by their passion for this craft. Andy is a very deserving winner and I wish him the best of luck in Mexico later this year.”
On being announced as the World Class Irish Bartender of the Year 2017 Andy commented; “I’m absolutely over the moon! It’s such a huge honour to get to represent Ireland at the World Class Global Finals. This is the culmination of many years of commitment and hard work but I couldn’t have done it without the support I received from family, friends, my team in Cask and the wider bartending community.”
For more information on the World Class Drinks Bartender of the Year visit www.theworldclassclub.com.