Angeliqua Rivera won the coveted Bartender of the year Award, at the Diageo Kenya World Class Competition. Angeliqua will now represent Kenya in the international competition that will take place in Glasgow Scotland in September.
“It has been tough for us having gone through what we went through but through hard work, determination and the support of my colleagues I was able to pull through this competition” said Angeliqua
She beat 42 bartending elites drawn from across the country in the competition which started in May. The World Class Bartender of the Year competition seeks to upskill bartenders and mixologists through a rigorous training regimen after which they compete for the right to represent Kenya in the international competition.
“We have trained over 5,000 bartenders across the country over the last five years with 210 of them getting the opportunity to compete for the World Class Bartender of the year title. The competition is the ultimate opportunity to enhance skills and profile them on the global stage.” Said Diageo East Africa National Advocacy Manager Douglas Duncanson.
World Class challenges bartenders across the nation to submit their cocktail creations using spirits from the Diageo’s reserve portfolio; Johnnie Walker, Cîroc, Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN, Zacapa, Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio, and a fine collection of single malts.
“I would encourage the youth especially girls not to shy away from bartending; it is a real career and reliable source of income, I would be willing to mentor any girl who wants to take up the art of bartending” Said Angeliqua
Finalists were encouraged to exhibit innovation and expertise as they battled it out to become the nation’s best bartender and represent Kenya in the global finals.
“Angeliqua truly stood out as the best of the best, able to master the Diageo Reserve luxury portfolio to create ground-breaking results,” said Diageo East Africa Reserve Brand Ambassador Alex Kavita.
Angeliqua who works at the Dusit D2 created a signature cocktail dubbed ‘Fallen heros’ in honour of her colleagues who lost their lives on the 15th of January during a terror attack on 14 Riverside.
As one of the most prestigious bartending contests in the world, WORLD CLASS continues its mission to inspire people to drink better and create unforgettable experiences in the process.