Diageo Reserve Announces World Class Bartender of The Year 2012 By The Luxury Channel

Following a week of mixology trends unveiled, red carpet events and a showcase of the industry’s brightest stars, Tim Philips from Hemmesphere cocktail bar in Australia was crowned Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2012 and hailed as the industry’s newest mixology talent, rising above 50 other finalists to win the most prestigious accolade of the industry.

Philips captivated judges with his winning signature serve, a twisted chic cocktail: Hot Toddy Australia, made with Johnnie Walker®Gold Label Reserve™ Blended Scotch Whisky, honey, cinnamon quill, ginger and innovative technique.

Following in the footsteps of mixology giants Manabu Ohtake, Erik Lorincz and Aristotelis Papadopoulos, he displayed exceptional style and technique, truly showing the artisanship of his craft and a talent beyond his 28 years. Hailing from Hemmesphere cocktail bar in Sydney, Australia, Philips’ brilliant creative vision, passion and commanding presence behind the bar personifies the relenting standards, showmanship and professionalism that success in the industry demands.

Over the past year, contenders from the most esteemed bars around the world have competed in local and regional heats, each aspiring to attain a coveted place at the Diageo Reserve World Class Global Final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – an internationally renowned highlight in the luxury calendar. Just 50 from over 15,000 hopefuls were selected to showcase their creations in front of some of the most revered names in the industry – Salvatore Calabrese, Dale de Groff, Peter Dorelli, Gary Regan, Daniel Estremadoyro, Hidetsugu Ueno, Arturo Savage, Steve Olson and Aristotelis Papadopoulos.

Tim said of his win, “I am thrilled and humbled to be awarded Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year amongst all the exceptional talent I was competing alongside this week. Diageo Reserve World Class is taking bartending from a humble trade to a profession. If I can be an ambassador for that, it’s a dream come true. I have been inspired this week by the high standards and limitless talent and look forward to the year ahead, travelling the world, meeting my peers and continuing to create experiences through my creations that immerse customers in another world.”

Congratulating the winner of the fourth global Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year, Rudy Paoli, Managing Director of Global Reserve, said: “Tim is the epitome of a Diageo Reserve World Class bartender and this prestigious accolade will set him on a life changing journey. He will become a recognized industry name and travel the world as a Diageo Reserve World Class Ambassador, championing the art and craft of the bartender by educating and inspiring new talent, participating in international high-profile events and transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture.”

Diageo Reserve World Class judge Ueno Hidetsugu, added, “To succeed within Diageo Reserve World Class, you must possess boundless creativity, precision, a sense of showmanship and an innate ability to connect with the customer. Each year I am astounded and inspired by the level of talent, skill and innovation that the participants bring to the Global Final Week. Tim blew me away with his ingenuity, vision, and insightful interpretation of the Retro Chic trend and is an ideal ambassador for our profession.”

Challenges at the Global Final required bartenders to explore fast-growing industry trends, with a particular focus on Retro Chic, a global luxury trend encapsulating the glamour and simplicity of the golden era of the 50s and 60s. Retro Chic has infused the maisons of fashion, design, art and stylized TV shows and was expressed throughout the 2012 Global Final Mixology Challenges, giving rise to the latest, most inspiring new serves.

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