Europe has chosen its finalists for the big finale of the Diplomático World Tournament
The old continent will be very well represented in the grand finale of the Diplomático World Tournament taking place the 25th of June in London. Finalists will travel to the British capital to participate in the last phase of this prominent international cocktail competition. The Seven finalists attending will be: Marie Rausch from Germany, Evgeniy Shashin from Russia, Michael John Straatman from the Netherlands, Charlotte Halzius from Sweden, Joseph Hall from the UK, Lefteris Broupis from Greece, and Maxime Farnet from France (winner of the Wild Card).
The European semi-final took place at the beginning of May in the city of Barcelona, Spain. The participants received a warm welcome at the Venezuelan restaurant, Caña de Azúcar. Swiftly beginning the competition the next morning with a round of cocktails prepared with Diplomático Mantuano, continuing in the afternoon with the preparation of the perfect serve with Diplomático’s Reserva Exclusiva.
The judges for the competition included recognized personalities in the industry such as; Salvatore Calabrese, founder of the famous bars in London; Salvatore at Fi and Salvatore at Playboy, Bound by Salvatore in Las Vegas and Salvatore at Maison Eight in Hong Kong. Simone Caporale, bartender of the year 2014 by the Spirited Awards and head bartender at Artesian Bar in London, considered the best bar in the world for four years in a row (2012-2015). Thanos Prunarus, Top Influencer in the European industry and owner of Baba Au Rum Bar in Athens, Greece; considered one of the best bars in the world by World’s 50 Best Bars in 2013 and 2016.
The qualifying rounds were held in the store Magatzem Escolá, while the announcement of the winners took place in the Gatsby Restaurant. The conclusion of all the events was held in the Sutton Club Barcelona, where the finalists celebrated classifying for the Diplomático World Tournament Global Finale.