WORLD CLASS COUNTRY WINNER 2016

Laura Duca, United Arab Emirates

Place of work: BOCA Restaurant
Favourite spirit or cocktail: Negroni – with Don Julio Tequila
Laura has wanted to become a bartender since she was a child. She left her home country of Romania for Dubai and fell in love with this profession, the hospitality aspect of it, meeting so many people and finding out their stories, and loved contributing a small amount to make someone's night better. She sees people paying more attention to what they drink and therefore the bars are lined up with better quality drinks and also sees a rise in healthier and low alcohol cocktails.