Wallace Lau of Wyndham The 4th wins title of Diageo Reserve Hong Kong 2014 Bartender of the Year
May 17th, 2014
At the recent National Final of Diageo Reserve World Class Hong Kong Bartender of the Year, Wallace Lau (bartender at Wyndham The 4th) and nine other competitors from leading Hong Kong bars, were tested on their bartending knowledge, skill and showmanship behind the bar.
Lau stood out from the other competitors with his impeccable technique, beautifully balanced drinks and wealth of knowledge of spirits and cocktails. Lau impressed the judges- including special guest judge Bob Nolet- the 11th generation of Nolet Distillers, and Executive Vice President of Ketel One® Vodka, with his sophisticated cocktails- “PPK” (or “Personal Preference Ketel One®”) in the Ketel One® Vodka Martini Category, and “Skye-line” in the Signature Cocktail category.
Lau will go on to represent Hong Kong at the Global Finals held from July 28 to August 1 across several destinations in the UK, including Edinburgh and London, competing head-to-head against the world’s best bartenders from over 50 countries.
Now in its third year in Hong Kong, Diageo Reserve World Class continues to elevate local cocktail culture, both by challenging the rising stars of the trade and by pushing the envelope of the craft, to create more inspiring, ever-more creative drinks. Through World Class, Hong Kong’s bartending talent will continue to build their careers in an increasingly recognized industry, both locally and internationally.
See also April 2014 article on the Hong Kong Summer Round competition.
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TANQUERAY No TEN GIN * THE SINGELTON * RON ZACAPA RUM * DON JULIO TEQUILA
Photos courtesy QNM Communications, Hong Kong