Who makes the best cocktails in town?
Yesterday marked the end of the three-month-long search of this year’s World Class Bartender who will be going to the global competition. The man of the hour, Patrick Mutua who bartends at the Balcony bar at Kempinski in Nairobi had to beat five other finalists from Dusit D2, Nyama Mama, Mojitos Lounge, Radisson Blu and his own colleague from the Tambourin (Kempinski).
The Diageo World Class Bartender competition in Kenya is in its fourth year and this was probably the best finale yet. To win, the six bartenders who were forty at the beginning of the process had to impress the judges and the public with the taste of their cocktails, social media skills, concept and other challenges such as selling most cocktails.
At the World Class dome, members of the public also got to try out different cocktails and vote for what tickled their fancy the most. Some of the brands they had to choose from to make the drinks were Johnnie Walker, Cîroc, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Zacapa, Bulleit, Don Julio, and a fine collection of single malts.
The cocktails that stood out included Kelvin Thairu’s of Radisson Blu who made a refreshing gin cocktail and Angel Riviera from DusitD2 who used tree tomatoes as a glass and mixed bourbon with fruits so well you could not taste it. The man who won the public vote was Patrick Mutua who made a fermented gin tea with elderflower. Patrick also had the most sales of his cocktail and best activity on his social media making him take the lead in the competition. At his makeshift bar stand, it was refreshing to watch just how knowledgeable and confident he was. He will go on to Berlin to represent Kenya in the global stage of the competition.
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