I’ve been so swamped with work lately and couldn’t help but think back to what I was doing last week a time like this!

Diageo World Class Competition

 

 

Johnston Pixel Photography.

Last Wednesday, I was invited to the World Class competition, to witness the crowning of Kenya’s world class bartending champion for 2018! This finale gala was one of a kind and featured 6 of the most talented mixologists, battling it out to represent Kenya in Berlin for the international competition. What’s exciting is that we got to sample the signature cocktails of each of these finalists and vote for the one we loved most!  These were my faves, in no particular order!

1. Girl Power! 😛

I was so excited to meet the only female mixologist, competing in such a male-dominated industry! Would you believe she used to be a nurse?! Talk about an exciting career change! 😀 Angel was representing DusitD2 at the World Class competition and served up such a delicious cocktail which she called “Rafiki.” She presented and served her cocktail in tree tomato cups and the burst of flavours was to die for!

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Angel doing her thing with the yummy “Rafiki” cocktails!

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Ban plastic, drink in a Tree Tomato cup, then eat the peel! 😉

 

 2. Inspired by the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin!

Patrick, who represented Villa Rosa Kempinski, had his eye on the prize Berlin, and even named his cocktail Brandenburg, after Germany’s neoclassical monument! He had attended previous World Class competitions as a spectactor and challenged himself to compete this year. Of all the six stations, Patrick’s was the most eye-catching and his poison was a perfect blend of Tanqueray Gin, fresh grapefruit and homemade Komboocha tea! You don’t even understand how good this drink was!

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Patrick’s bar presentation had the cutest of details!

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Mixologist at work!

 3. More gin!

Next up, was a refreshing Tanqueray Breeze cocktail, presented by Radisson Blu’s, Kelvin. He has participated in the World Class competition for three years, and was hopeful the third would be a charm. His cocktail was gin-erous (see what I did there? 😛 ) and the watermelon flavour made it thirst quenching, while the homemade lemonade added just enough sweetness to the cocktail.

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Thirsty yet?

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Cocktail so good, I went back for seconds! 😀

Now, can you possibly guess who won the national World Class competition? 😀

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World Class Competition MC, sandwiched by the two judges; Brian – one of the first mixologists in Kenya and Eat Out – CEO, Mimzy Slater.

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I was so torn during the voting process, I literally wanted to vote for at least three bartenders!

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The face of a champ!

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– with World Class Competition bartender of the year – Patrick Mutua!

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What a Wednesday!

Congratulations, Patrick, for winning World Class competition bartender of the year! This was definitely well deserved and we wish him all the best as he represents Kenya in Berlin! Also, how cool is it that he will get to visit the Brandenburg Gate, while competing in Berlin? The power of speaking things into existence! 😀

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