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Bensan Varghese, Alfonso Del Portillo and Mayur Marne at the Diageo Reserve World Class at Grand Hyatt
Bensan Varghese, Alfonso Del Portillo and Mayur Marne at the Diageo Reserve World Class at Grand Hyatt

Now in its seventh edition, Diageo Reserve World Class brought together 20 mixologists from India’s leading hotels and bars to compete for the title at China House, Grand Hyatt. Alfonso Del Portillo from Drinks on MG, Bangalore was conferred the title of India Bartender of the Year. He will represent India and compete with the world’s best bartenders at Diageo Reserve World Class Global Finals to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in September.
Portillo edged his competitors and swayed the judges with his speed, meticulous execution and balanced cocktails at the India final. Runner-up Bensan Varghese from Arola, JW Marriott, Mumbai and second runner-up Mayur Marne from Hakkasan, Mumbai also impressed the judges and attendees with their creativity and craftsmanship.
Over the last six months, the contenders from the most prominent bars in India competed in multiple regional levels before descending in Mumbai for the national finals. The top 20 bartenders were judged by an expert panel comprising Bhavesh Somaya, Head of Luxury, United Spirits Ltd, Will Thompson, Global Brand Ambassador, Don Julio, Alex Sanchez, Executive Chef, The Table, Zbigniew Zapert, Reserve Brand Ambassador India and Nicholas Ord, Reserve Brand Ambassador India.

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