Competition

Rebooted for World Class

Europe’s World Class Country-winning bartenders attended a three-day series of workshops, seminars and bonding ahead of the Global Final in South Africa. Here’s what they learnt.

The perfect preparation for competing in the Global Final at World Class.

Boot Camp – it sounds tough but it’s a breeze if you want the perfect preparation for the World Class Global Final. Watch our short film to see what went down at the EuroBuilding Hotel in Madrid, the venue for this extra-curricular, extra-special training for 16 bartenders from across Europe.

Previous winners and names at the top of the bartending world were on hand to take our competitors through intensive sessions to prepare them and ultimately bring their bartending to the next level. These seminars and workshops are aimed at preparing our bartenders for the Global Final, and also for the rest of their careers.

Spike Marchant from the Global World Class team took the winning 2015 bartenders through ‘Playing the Game’ – how to impress judges and abide by rules and regulations at World Class. Former Global World Class Winner from 2013, David Rios, gave tips from the top on competing and winning. Plus Western Europe World Class Ambassador, Max La Rocca, demonstrated how to present and better express yourself.

Then it was on to the detail. World Class Austria Winner 2014 Reinhard Pohorec brought his spirits expertise into giving tips on a more sensory approach to drinks. Dennis Zoppi, World Class Italy Winner 2012, delivered advice for contestants how to be extra-theatrical in their presentation of cocktails – he’s certainly the man for that! Owner of the BarTrainers School in Barcelona, Vicente Paulos, showed our bartenders how to take their speed up a notch with his ‘Quick Thinking, Fast Hands’ presentation.

Finally our bartenders received guidance on how to deal with the demands of more than a week of competing. Reserve PR Manager for the Global World Class team, Alexandre Rodrigues, explained how to survive and even flourish when being interviewed by journalists and TV crews. And Global World Class Brand Ambassador Justin Smyth was there to share his experiences of previous Global Finals, while also judging some of the bartenders’ great mixing, and giving hints on how they could improve.

Boot Camp was all about creating better-trained bartenders. As you can see from the final scenes in the film, by the end of the event they were not only more skilled and savvy, but they also felt emboldened to take on the world! They got to know each other, and set up a great Western Europe team atmosphere to take to South Africa.

And good luck to all our bartenders in South Africa. Watch our short film to feel a part of it too!