After a day of fierce competition, incredible craftsmanship, unrivaled creativity and exceptional cocktails, “SAMIA”, Head Bartender of Artcaffe Kenya beat 6 of the best mixologists to be crowned the
Diageo Reserve World Class Kenya Competition Bartender of the Year 2016!
The finals took place at the Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel in May. Finalists competed in four categories including the crowd-favorite high-pressure ‘Against the Clock’ challenge, ‘Street-food Jam’ where bartenders were asked to create cocktails inspired by Kenyan cuisine, a task built around the natural rhythms of life from ‘Night to Day’ and ‘Around the World’ a cocktail journey influenced by Kenya and the USA.
Here's a rather detailed (code word for long) video of how the competition went down. Enjoy!