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Valuing the skills needed for bartending in Mauritius as well as celebrating the creativity and talent of Mauritian bartenders - this is the challenge that the organizers of Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender tournament undertook. The final took place this November 25, 2014, at Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius. After a tight competition of 10 participants from several hotel groups, the jury nominated Sachin Samoburthia, bartender at Constance Le Prince Maurice, as the best bartender in Mauritius.
The 10 participants during this final of Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender 2014 were judged on two tests, creating a signature cocktail and mastery of a classic cocktail. Sachin was able to stand out on both technical tests and was awarded the title of Best Bartender in Mauritius. He is very proud of this distinction. "I have been a bartender at Constance Le Prince Maurice for the past 15 years and, over the years, I have acquired a lot of experience in this profession within this property. I have participated in several bartender competitions in recent years and winning today is the culmination of all my hard work. The competition was of a very high level, I also owe this distinction to my family who helped me find the inspiration for my Signature cocktail called the "Spice Inspiration". Indeed, it is thanks to them that I had the idea of using herbs and spices from my garden, such as thyme leaves and curry leaves in my cocktail along with the Johnny Walker Gold Reserve! I would also like to thank the management of Constance Le Prince Maurice, for believing in me, and Diageo for giving us the chance to participate in this contest. »
Christophe Plantier, General Manager at Constance Le Prince Maurice, has also expressed his pride. "Sachin has been with us since the opening of Constance Le Prince Maurice and year after year he has really progressed in his profession, his art, but always with humility, supported by the team of Constance Le Prince Maurice. His victory not only rewards his efforts but also highlights the great work of the entire team of the bar at the hotel. This coronation certainly will inspire our teams and we are confident that he will perform well in the regional final of the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender. »
Stephanie Jordan, Customer Marketing at Diageo Reserve in Réunion island, for her part, wanted to highlight the importance of this competition. "Our goal is really to push the bartenders to excel and to sublimate their art. Moreover, the theme of our competition this year is 'Raising the Bar'. In Mauritius, unlike Reunion island, there is no real culture of independent bars and bartenders tend to work only in hotels, which can limit their creativity. Fortunately, some hotels encourage their bartenders to think outside the box and give free rein to their talents, as is the case in Constance Hotels & Resorts which explains the victory of Sachin today. »
The Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender is the largest and most prestigious bartending competition in the world. A second Mauritian selection will take place in January 2015 and bartenders selected in Mauritius will face the best bartenders of Reunion island for the title of best bartender in the Indian Ocean. The winner will continue the adventure to the world finals of the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender, to be held in Cape Town in mid-2015.