Diplomático World Tournament has finalists for America and the Caribbean
Diplomático announced the Continental winners for the America and Caribbean Semi-Final of the Diplomático World Tournament (DWT): José Luis Valencia representing Peru, Enrique Auvert representing Panama and Kevin Beary representing the United States of America. After competing in a group of 12 talented bartenders, these 3 finalists obtained the top recognition. All three of them will fly out to London in June to participate in the global finals for Diplomático’s international cocktail competition. There was one winning contestant by region selected for this round: North America, Central America & the Caribbean and South America.
The competition took place at the Ritz Carlton and the 297 Bar in Aruba. The first part of the contest was focused on the creation of a cocktail with the new rum Mantuano, and the second round involved creating the perfect serve for the flagship expression, Reserva Exclusiva.
Diplomático’s host for the night was Tad Carducci, Director of Spirits Education at Domaine Select Wine & Spirits. The respected panel of judges included Eric Lorincz, Manager of the iconic American Bar at the Hotel Savoy in London; Pamela Wiznitzer, one of the most famous mixologists in the U.S. and Kevin Brauch, Canadian Celebrity Chef. The other talented mixologists that competed in this round were; Freddy Moreno (Colombia), Franky Marshall (New York, USA), William Seijas (Venezuela), Brandon Casey (Arizona, USA), Simón Alberti (Mexico), Freddy Johnson (Grand Cayman), Sean McGuigan (Vancouver, Canada), Bruno Facina (Brasil) and Gavin Miller (Montreal, Canada).
“Organizing such a splendid event in Aruba was very exciting, also seeing so much talent together in one place,” said José Rafael Ballesteros Meléndez, Diplomático’s President. “All of the participants came here with incredible cocktail creations, and the three winners now will fly out to London to participate in the global finals, competing with the best bartenders in the world. It will be an incredible professional and personal experience for all”.
Diplomático continuously strives for excellence and innovation in the rum category and is currently the only Venezuelan rum brand that produces an international event of this magnitude.