Royal Caribbean International’s Shekhar Grover Crowned Best Bartender at Diageo Reserve World Class(TM) Global Travel Final
MIAMI, June 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
Shekhar Grover of Royal Caribbean International has been crowned Diageo Global Travel
best cruise line bartender at a glamorous DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS(TM) final held last
night in Miami. Judged by a panel of industry elites, Shekhar impressed with his
incredible showmanship, inventive cocktail-making and unrivalled flair.
Shekhar presented his skills in front of the judges – Mario Seijo, World Class Global
Winner for Latin America & Caribbean 2013; Enrique De Colsa, Master Distiller at DON
JULIO(R) Tequila; and Arturo Savage, one of Diageo’s Senior Reserve Ambassadors.
Shekhar, 27, from India, triumphed over 5,500 floating bartenders from four of the
world’s leading cruise lines: Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean
International and Celebrity Cruises, in the biggest year in global travel yet for DIAGEO
RESERVE WORLD CLASS. He and fellow competitors were tested on different aspects of their
craft, creativity and bartending knowledge. Shekhar excelled in the bar arena and
enthralled judges with his signature serve inspired by this year’s Mediterranean theme -
‘French Royale’ featuring CIROC(R) Vodka.
The mixologist master will go forward to the star-studded DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS
Bartender of the Year Global Final taking place 28th July – 1 August 2014 in London, to
battle it out against 50 of the world’s best bartenders for the coveted ‘Bartender of the
Shekhar, who is one of the Lead Bartenders on the Oasis of Seas, said: “I’m thrilled
to win the WORLD CLASS Global Travel Final and I’m very excited to be going forward to
represent cruise-line bartenders at one of the industry’s most prestigious and respected
mixology competitions. I’ve been inspired and challenged by many talented bartenders over
the last few weeks and I’m really looking forward to using the skills and knowledge that
I’ve developed through the program to wow the judges.”
“We are very proud to have Shekhar as a member of the Royal Caribbean team,” said
Brian Abel, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Royal Caribbean International. “He is a
very talented and dedicated barman who embodies Royal Caribbean’s spirit of innovation and
our world-renowned friendly and engaging GOLD Anchor Service. We wish Shekhar the very
best of luck in July.”
“We also would like to thank WORLD CLASS for training our bartenders in the art and
science of creating unique, moment-defining drinks, using award-winning spirits from the
DIAGEO RESERVE collection. Our partnership ensures that we provide our guests with amazing
on-board fine drinking experiences.”
If Shekhar is successful at the Global Final, securing the title of DIAGEO RESERVE
WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year, he will experience a life changing journey filled with
new and exciting opportunities. Previous winners have become recognized industry leaders,
travelling the globe as WORLD CLASS Ambassadors, participating in international
high-profile events such as Petra Ecclestone’s lavish wedding and consulting on the widely
acclaimed James Bond film, Skyfall.
Shekhar is set to make an indelible mark at the upcoming DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS
Bartender of the Year Global Final taking place 28th July – 1 August 2014 in London.
Notes to editors
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Royal Caribbean International: Shekhar’s signature serve: the ‘French Royale’
Sauternes Dessert Wine
Fresh Lime Juice
Creme De Cassis
Recipe: Muddle fresh grapes in a Shaker Glass, add fresh lime juice and sugar syrup
Then add CIROC Vodka and dessert wine. Add a splash of Creme de Cassis and cubed ice.
Shake all the ingredients well and double strain in a chilled martini glass
Glassware: Martini glass
Garnish: Cassis infused skinned black grape (soak overnight)
ABOUT DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS
Throughout the program, WORLD CLASS bartenders are trained using the collection of
fine spirits from the Diageo Reserve luxury portfolio – JOHNNIE WALKER(R) BLUE LABEL(TM)
Blended Scotch Whisky, JOHNNIE WALKER(R) PLATINUM LABEL(TM) Blended Scotch Whisky, JOHNNIE
WALKER(R) GOLD LABEL RESERVE(TM) Blended Scotch Whisky, The SINGLETON(TM) Single Malt
Scotch Whisky, CIROC(R) Vodka, KETEL ONE(R) Vodka, TANQUERAY(R) No.TEN(TM) Gin, DON
JULIO(R) Tequila, ZACAPA(R) Rum, BULLEIT(TM) Bourbon, and TALISKER(TM) Single Malt Scotch
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DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS is transforming fine drinking experiences and cocktail
culture around the world and in the home. One of the industry’s largest, most credible
investments in the luxury on trade, it discovers the next generation of bartending talent
who set the latest mixology trends and bring these to the best bars worldwide. At the core
is an outstanding, global training program and internationally recognized platform that
elevates the craft of the bartender and builds careers in the industry culminating in an
annual luxury landmark week where the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year is
announced. Launched in 2009, over 15,000 bartenders have been inspired and educated in the
craft of mixology using the finest spirits in the DIAGEO RESERE collection. A partnership
and collaboration with gurus, media, partners and owners, DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS is
widely recognized as a mark of sophistication and distinction of international fine
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As an extension of the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS training program, in 2011 Diageo
launched the Diageo Bar Academy in Asia Pacific, the region’s largest bartending course
accredited by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), which has trained 27,000
bartenders to date.
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