Leroy Soumokil, a bartender at the trendy Henry’s Bar in Amsterdam, was announced as the winner of the Dutch World Class Bartender of Year on the 10th of June at Abe Club & Lounge. Not only is Soumokil graced with the title of Dutch World Class Bartender, but will also go on to compete in the mixology industry’s most prestigious and respected competition, the Diageo Reserve World Class Finals. Diageo is the world’s largest leading producer of spirits and a major producer in Beer and wine.
A melting pot of 50 bartenders from all over the world will gather to compete for the prestigious title of World Class Bartender of the Year. The winner will also receive a full year of media attention, support from Diageo and a prestigious standing amongst those in the mixology world. For the first time since the competitions beginning, consumers will also be able to participate in the World Class Final Week with master classes and cocktail themed events as a way to recruit consumers into the fine drinking culture.
On Tuesday evening in Amsterdam, 10 finalist were put to the test with complicated mixology tasks that would showcase each bartender’s skills focusing on innovation, flavor and presentation. After the speed and presentation round followed by the smelling and tasting round, bartenders Lennert Deddens, Timo Janse-de Vries, Ciro Adriano de Georgio and Leroy Soumokil, all made it through to the semi-finals. It ended in a battle between Janse-de Vries and Soumokil and was a tight competition with Soumokil eventually coming out on top as the big prize winner.
The finals will take place on the 28th of July through to the 1st of August in the UK.