And they’re off…

So, Simon Difford and his wing team have cogitated and deliberated over the submitted recipes and the 20 talented bartenders going through to the World Class UK 2012 Finals are – drum roll please…

Gentlemen’s Drinks

Adrian Gomes 99 Bar & Kitchen, Aberdeen
Sam Kershaw Babington House, Somerset
Megan DeMeulenaere Bramble, Edinburgh
Matt Fairhurst Milk Thistle, Bristol
Rich Tring  Milk Thistle, Bristol
Tom Pople Smokin’ Aces, Bournemouth

Inspired by Ladies

Andy Mil London Cocktail Club, London
Murray Drysdale Rick’s, Edinburgh
James Drummond Rick’s, Edinburgh
Andy Galloway Gleneages Hotel, Scotland
Ciprian Lazar The Bingham hotel, Richmond, Surrey
Alistair Reynolds Hawksmoor Guildhall, London
Jonathan Leathley Socio Rehab, Manchester

Asian Fusion

Mike McGinty 99 Bar & Kitchen, Aberdeen
Robert Wood The Kenilworth, Kenilworth
Jerome Kaftandjian Bulgari Hotel, London
Joshua Reynolds Pollen Street Social, London

Classics with a Twist

Aaron Jones Salvatore at Playboy Club London
Julian de Feral Gorgeous Group, London
Mate Csatlos China Tang at The Dorchester, London

As the official blog for World Class UK 2012, we’ll be profiling each of the bartenders in the days leading up to the Final in the sumptuous Waldorf Astoria hotel at Syon Park on 28 May. And like last year, we’ll be asking you to get behind your favourite bartender by voting in our online poll.

Watch this space for more details…



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