The last days were very exciting in the bartending world, because the Diageo World Class – the most esteemed bartendercompetitie in the world – was fervently fought in Miami. Our Belgian delegation Dries Botty performed very well, but it is the French Jennifer Le Nechet that with the title of World Class Bartender of the Year 2016.
Jennifer Le Nechet was one of the few female participants in the competition and is the first female bartender ever to the title in their hands. A remarkable thing, because until now fingering female bartenders invariably in addition to the nominations and prizes.
The choice was made for Le Nechet, however, was not easy, because the standard was this year very high according to the jury. “Jennifer just nailed it during the Superstar Pool y,” explains jury member Alex Kratena, the choice for the French. “They showed all the skills that you want to see in a good bartender and her pop-up bar blew us all away. They gave classic cocktails a voice punk twist with her homemade emulsions, cola and organic ingredients.”
Worldwide wrote a 10,000 bartenders are in for the contest and there were 56 of their country to defend at the international final. Each trial tested a different quality of the bartender: technique, personality, knowledge of spirits and the art of under pressure to perform.
Le Nechet is very honored with the historic victory. “This week has inspired me to the limits of flavours to keep pushing and to continue to explore how all the senses are stimulated by cocktails. I can’t wait for the experiences that still for me!”
Our own submission, Dries Botty, ended at the last six. That makes him the farthest come Belgian ever in the league: two years ago, took Hannah Van Ongevalle from the Knokke cocktail bar The Pharmacy in the last 12. Have a look at triumph here. (EK)