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Kaitlyn Stewart named World Class Bartender of the Year 2017

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Over the past week, Kaitlyn has seen off challenges which tested every single skill that makes a bartender truly great, to be crowned the world's number one bartender at the climax of the global cocktail competition World Class Bartender of the Year 2017.

Kaitlyn Stewart with the winners trophy

Kaitlyn battled it out in the Lucha Libre ring, going head-to-head with her opponents to create her best classic cocktail. She survived the fire of the Heat of the Moment challenge as she showed how to break boundaries in cocktail making by incorporating the best of culinary techniques. And as global environmental awareness rises, she took on the Mex ECO challenge to show how bartenders can look for new ways to create the ultimate green cocktail.  

Set for a year of adventure – Kaitlyn will travel the world as a Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador, making bespoke drinks in far-flung locations and judging competitions. She will also join a roll call of the industry’s finest, becoming the ninth member of the World Class Hall of Fame. 

The World Class winners ceremony

Kaitlyn Stewart, the 2017 World Class Bartender of the Year, said: 'I’m so incredibly amazed and shocked to have been named the world’s best bartender. It’s been a grueling week, taking on the toughest challenges against some of most skilled bartenders I’ve ever met. Participating in the Finals was amazing enough but to finish the week as winner… I’m so delighted! Cocktails are on the up now more than ever and to be at the forefront of that, pushing forward the idea of using better ingredients and better recipes to create even better cocktails is something I’m really passionate about and I’ve loved every moment of this experience.'

Johanna Dalley, Global World Class Director, said: 'This is a special week in the bartender calendar and it didn’t disappoint - we have truly been blown away. Cocktail culture is booming and these World Class Finalists are the people who are leading the way, helping the industry grow from strength to strength.'

World Class will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Berlin, one of the world’s most dynamic cultural hotspots.