South Africa may be home to plenty of bartenders who can shake up cocktail masterpieces, but only one can claim the ultimate title of “South African Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2017”. Julian Short was crowned Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year 2017 in South Africa, at the exclusive Green Park Venue in Sandton on April 26 2017.
His win followed an intense three-day battle of creating decadent drinks that left judges and audiences in awe.
Julian out-classed some of the best bartenders from across the country with his mixing skills. In accepting his prize, he said “World Class marked the beginning of my career as a professional bartender and I have always been in awe of the level of bartenders who competed in the competition. I am so proud and humbled to have won World Class SA 2017, and I couldn’t have done it without the love and support from my incredible family. Here’s to taking the win in Mexico!”
As the winner, Julian will go on to compete against the best in the world, representing South Africa where bartenders from more than 60 countries will be on a victory quest for the ultimate, World Class Bartender title in Mexico later this year.