Diageo Reserve GB World Class Competition 2018 is now open for entries. The hotly anticipated and world-renowned competition will commence with a digital submission of one serve and will culminate with one of the biggest competition finals in the industry, where the UK’s most ambitious bartenders will come head to head and battle it out to be crowned GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2018.
During the competition all keen contestants will be invited to showcase their skills in a series of challenges, formulated to test ability, knowledge and originality whilst championing their unique proficiency and telling their own story. This year, The Resourceful Bartender and Heat of the Moment are the two key elements at the heart of The Closed Loop Cocktails entry challenge. The Resourceful Bartender focuses on the significance of sustainability and resourcefulness, enabling bartenders to create a better bar, serve and working environment; while Heat of the Moment hones in on flavour and experimentation, delving into culinary influences.
Between 15th February and 30th March, competitors are invited to submit one cocktail to Closed Loop Cocktails, which much comply to both segments executing sustainability and culinary technique. The cocktail of choice must include at least 30ml of any Diageo Reserve spirit from the World Class portfolio, forming the foundation of the serve. The full recipe should be submitted online at
The competition will then include three further stages of comprehensive challenges. The first, an in-bar judging process where judges will visit bartenders across the UK to taste-test their entry drinks. The judges will then choose the UK’s top 30, catapulting them to the semi-finals. This stage of the competition will identify the UK’s top ten, leading to the ultimate GB final, which will take place in June 2018. This year’s judges include industry experts from BarLife UK, The Cocktail Lovers and Difford’s Guide.
This year’s overall winner will be awarded with a prize package valued at over £15,000 as well as the coveted title of GB World Class Bartender of the Year 2018 and will represent GB in the Diageo Reserve World Class Global final hosted in Berlin, later this year.
Nick Temperley, Head of Diageo Reserve GB comments: “It’s hard to believe that we have launched what will be the 11th World Class Competition which marks an instrumental milestone in the drinks community. We aim to devise new challenges and every year we see the standard of excellence increase.
“As always, we’re looking for bartenders who demonstrate forward-thinking skills and vision by pushing the boundaries to create remarkable serves. By drawing from current themes in bars across the UK, marrying together sustainable and gastronomic influences, we know we’ll discover those at the top of their game.”
Entries open from 15th February until 30th March. To enter, visit
World Class Facebook page