Diageo Reserve World Class finally revealed the top 4 Filipino bartenders who will move on to the regional finals in Bali, Indonesia from May 30 to June 3.
In the recent event held at the Solaire Resort and Casino, 18 of Manila’s top mixologists showcased their skills, impeccable techniques, and knowledge in front of experts. They made use of Diageo Reserve’s portfolio of Scotch whisky: Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Singleton of Glen Ord, Glenkinchie, Cragganmore, Talisker, Lagavulin, and Caol Ila in their cocktails.
Competing bartenders really tested their creativity on the final challenge with the theme “Cuisine Meat Cocktails” which they need to integrate food elements while putting together exceptional cocktails.
Judges of the competition include Thompson, Global Ambassador for Don Julio Tequila; Hannah Waters Cocktail Apprentice of Tales of the Cocktails; and Ray Reyes, food and travel blogger of lynne-enroute.com. Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador Rian Asiddao hosted the competition.
The winning cocktail of the final challenge is Ian Osillo of the Exit Bar. His “Manong Pangga” cocktail is a play on the classic whisky sour. It plays on a beloved Pinoy pairing: bagoong (fermented shrimp paste) and green mango. Osillo used Lagavulin 16 as his base and mixed it with green mango juice, pepper sauce, grilled bell pepper, and cucumber, topped with roasted bagoong. Needless to say, “Manong Pangga” is a burst of bright flavor.
The top 4 bartenders that will represent Philippines in the regional finals namely Lester Ligon from ABV, Niño Cruz from the City of Dreams, Michael Tubera from Rambla and Jay Natividad of Solaire Resort and Casino.
Aside from the honor in representing the country to the regional finals, 2016 winners also received premium prizes from Diageo and BevTools.
The winners of the regional finals will then go on to compete in the Global Finals in Miami, Florida, where they will have the opportunity to learn from the industry’s most renowned figures and gain access to exclusive World Class tools and workshops.
Meanwhile, Diageo Reserve World Class is the cocktail industry’s most renowned and respected mixology training programme and competition worldwide.