Johnnie Walker hosted the finale of its National Bartender Competition- “World Class” on March 13th, 2021 in Lagos in a 4-day cocktail week event showcasing the amazing flavours of the finest of Diageo Premium spirits- Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray 10 Gin and Ketel One Vodka.
The second edition of the most talked about bartending competition saw hundreds of talented bartenders from across Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja slug it out for a chance to make it to the top finalists for Nigeria.
Post the preliminaries- four regional finalists emerged- Mr. Seth Awesome Jhan, Mr. Babalola Temitope Gideon, Mr. Aliyu Abdullah and Mr. Adama Augustine. These four bartenders went on to compete for the position of the World Class Nigeria Bartender of the Year title over the weekend.
Finalists were awarded points based on dexterity, creativity, and the quality of cocktails by a distinguished panel of judges including Ms. Lara Rawa, Mr. Oyindamola de-Medeiros, Mr. Ali Mattar, Ms Jenny Ademola, Ms Lola Pedro and Chef Benedict. Each bartender showcased their personality and expressed themselves through their signature cocktail serves. In the end, Mr. Seth Awesome Jhan emerged winner of the World Class Nigeria Finale, 2021.
“This has been an amazing experience, we are proud to showcase and celebrate the very best of cocktail culture and the bartenders who make it happen. Expect to see the pinnacle of bar-tending innovations, inspiring new trends which will set the future of cocktails for months and years to come.”
It’s been an exceptional and inspiring journey. We can’t wait for the global finals in Madrid happening on the 5th-8th of July this year where Mr. Seth will put Nigeria on the map for our diverse and innovative drinks culture; Ope Makinwa, National Sales Reserve Manager stated”, noted, the Marketing Manager International Premium Spirits, Guinness Nigeria, Ifeoma Agu.
As the biggest bartending stage worldwide, World Class aims to give Nigerians an opportunity to showcase their skills on the grandest stage and reshape the future of drinking culture. Mr. Seth Awesome Jhan will contest at the global World Class 2021 bartender competition in Madrid, Spain, this July.
World Class is famed as the world’s biggest bartending competition. World Class is the global Diageo bartender training and education program that heightens the craft of bartending and focuses on delivering exceptional consumer experiences. Since its launch in 2009, Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS has been instrumental in transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture around the world.
Now in over 60 countries, it has supported, educated, and inspired over 250,000 bartenders through its training and advocacy programme.