WORLD CLASS Global Final 2014 saw 48 of the best bartenders in the world come together to compete in a week of innovative challenges and eliminations.
Charles Joly beat 47 other mixologists from around the world including Australia’s Charlie Ainsbury of Ananas Bar & Brassiere who made it into the top six.
The panel of judges for the competition included legends and luminaries of the cocktail scene such as Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese, Julie Reiner, Steve Olsen and Gaz Regan, all of which were highly impressed with Joly’s signature cocktail Above the Clouds, which was crafted for the final Punch and Glass challenge.
“I just feel totally overawed by this,” said Joly. “I know it sounds like a cliché but to be announced as the Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year 2014 is like a dream. The other finalists really are the best bartenders in the world today so for the judges to pick me as the winner is incredible."
Joly will now become a global ambassador for Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS, where he will travel the world, educating and inspiring new talent, whilst developing his own skills and knowledge through the different tastes and techniques.
More details and images to follow on TBA's involvement at the WORLD CLASS rounds and event last week.