Hakkasan Dubai's beverage manager voted UAE's best

Angus McGregor wins first place in UAE heat of World Class Bartender

Angus McGregor will be one of 49 finalists at this year's World Class competition.
Angus McGregor will be one of 49 finalists at this year's World Class competition.

Hakkasan Dubai's beverage manager Angus McGregor has won top spot in the UAE regional World Class Bartender competition.

Having been picked from over 300 UAE bartenders, McGregor will now represent UAE in the finals of the competition which will be held aboard the Azamara Club Cruise Ship, Azamara Journey between from 4-9 July, 2013 in the Mediterranean. He will be one of 49 finalists.

Spanning five days, the finalists will be tested on a number of skills including food pairing with cocktails, creating signature drinks based on a theme, a street market challenge, speed challenges and classics testing.

Diageo’s Reserve Portfolio's UAE brand ambassador Colin Hutton said, "We are delighted that Angus has been chosen as this year’s UAE World Class champion."

McGregor has previous been a finalist in 2011 and 2012 at the regional stage.

Hutton added, "At last year’s finals Jimmy Barrat from the UAE came second in the overall competition and is now a well-known and highly respected name on the global drinks scene thanks to World Class. Jimmy and I will mentor Angus at this year’s global finals in the hope that he can go one better and take the World Class global title to the UAE for the first time."

Organised by Italian beverage conglomerate Diageo, the Diageo Reserve World Class awards showcases some of the region’s premier mixologists and cocktail maestros, judged on their professional flair and in-depth understanding of spirits as well as on their grooming, personality and ability to incorporate a touch of ‘local’ flavour into their proposed concoction. 

The winner will become the global ambassador for World Class for the year and will also receive a book deal.

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