Jamie will now take his place at the prestigious World Class Global Final in Delhi, India, representing the UK against bartenders from 29 countries from around the world for the chance to be crowned the ‘world’s best bartender’. Contestants will face a panel of the global bar industry’s biggest names including Dale DeGroff, one of the world’s premier mixologists; Hidetsugu Ueno, Tokyo’s leading cocktail aficionado; Salvatore Calabrese, renowned as the ‘Maestro’ of bartending; Peter Dorelli, former President of the Bartender’s Guild; and Gary Regan, author and journalist.
In the day-long UK final, Jamie and his fellow finalists were tested to the limit on bartending knowledge, mixology and innovation, with contestants demonstrating their creativity using surprise ingredients. After 14 bartenders were whittled down (from the 600 who entered the competition) to the final two, Jamie went head-to-head with Julien De Feral of Lutyens in London, to battle it out for a place in the World Class Global Final, creating their signature cocktail in front of the panel of judges. Once the panel had sampled their creation, Jamie was declared the winner with the Chaste made with Ketel One vodka, Benedictine, sweet Italian vermouth and Lagavulin.