Diageo World Class Kenya 2020 Launch

Diageo’s World Class Bartender of the Year competition has crowned some of our fave bartenders in the Kenyan drinks scene since 2015. As one of the industry’s most prestigious and respected mixology competitions worldwide, now in its twelfth year, it has trained and educated over 250,000 bartenders in 60 countries.

The series of competitions for the 2020 round will be held at EABL at the World Class Studio; with six finalists battling it out. A one-of-a-kind training module will be used to challenge the bartending skills of every mixologist to create unique, contemporary cocktails that showcase the future of cocktail culture. For this year’s competition, bartenders will have three training modules that each examine the different skills required to become a World Class bartender. 2020’s World Class Kenya modules will include:

  • The ‘Rituals of Hospitality’ module will focus on creating signature serves with Bulleit Bourbon.
  • The ‘Singleton Rule of Three’ module will focus on creating cocktails with only three ingredients.
  • The ‘Highballing’ module explores the Highball trend, revealing the tricks of the trade and creating memorable serves; with a nod to Johnnie Walker Black Label.

The sessions will be hosted by a collection of Diageo Reserve brand ambassadors and World Class national champions including Brian Kassim Owango; one of Kenya’s pioneer mixologists and the previous World Class Bartender of the Year, Angeliqua Rivera.

EABL promises that this year’s competition will be the best one yet and we can’t wait. The finals will be held in Sydney, Australia in September. We look forward to following the whole journey and seeing who will represent Kenya.

Watch this entertaining highlight of the 2018 and 2019 World Class Kenya competitions to get a glimpse of what the competitors go through.

LL is a writer based in Nairobi who previously loved attending and writing about the pop culture scene, Nairobae events, and cool Kenyans doing cool things. Especially Kenyan women. Currently, she's relearning and exploring beauty and fashion stories in the country.