DISCOVER THE WORLD CLASS 50
The definitive guide to the finest drinking experiences
The World Class 50: The Definitive Drinking Guide features 50 of the most innovative and talented bartenders from across the globe. Each bartender showcases the perfect location, the most inventive cocktail and the finest of ingredients and spirits that define the 'must have' fine drinking experience in their city.
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WORLD CLASS WEEK: THURSDAY ROUND-UP
Thursday began with the Ketel One Market Challenge where the 12 remaining bartenders ran round the famous Borough Market sourcing beautiful, fresh ingredients for their cocktails.
They then made their way to the dizzying heights of the Shard to complete their challenge at the Aqua Shard bar. At the same time, a Zacapa gastronomy challenge took place at Oblix restaurant one floor above, where each of the bartenders had to pair cocktails with surprise dishes created for them by head chef Rainer Becker.
The elimination after these challenges saw us lose Denmark, Belgium, Japan and Thailand. The final challenge of the day was the Against the Clock speed challenge where the competitors had just 8 minutes to create a series of complex drinks… At the end of this challenge, we lost another 2 bartenders so we are now down to our final 6!
GRANT SCENEY, CANADA
CHARLIE AINSBURY, AUSTRALIA
MIDO AHMED YAHI, FRANCE
CLAUDIO PERINELLI, ITALY
PETER CHUA, SINGAPORE
CHARLES JOLY, USA
Here’s our highlights from the day: