On behalf of the Board of the International Bartender Association, it is our pleasure to inform you about the official results from the World Cocktail Championships 2018 (WCC 2018) which were held in Tallinn, Estonia on the 3rd and 4th of October 2108.
The prestigious title of the World Bartender of the Year for 2018 was awarded to Karina Tamm from Estonia. The title comes with a great deal of recognition in the field, with the careers of quite a few winners over the years having taken off thanks to their world championship victory.
The WCC is the only worldwide independent cocktail competition with 60 countries participating in 6 differ¬ent competitions: Before Dinner Cocktail Competition; After Dinner Cocktail Competition; Long Drink Cocktail Competition; Sparkling Cocktail Competition; Bartenders Choice Competition; Flair Cocktail Competition.
The winner of each category is pronounced World Champion and is invited to the Super final in which the winner is pronounced to be Bartender of the Year and his/hers cocktail is the official IBA Cocktail of the Year.
The World Cocktail Championships 2018 in Estonia offered tense competition and exciting performances.
Visitors from a total of 67 countries attended the event, with competitors from 56 nations putting their cocktail-making skills to the test.
The Bartenders Association of each country sent their best cocktail-makers into the medal fray in Estonia, with the best of the best coming away with medals at the end of the long day of competition.
A lot of new and interesting ideas were presented in the competition, with plenty of inspiration being given to the audience which consisted of professionals from the industry worldwide.
World Champions in their cocktail categories were:
Grétar Matthiasson „Short Drink“ (Iceland)
Ariel Sanecki „Sparkling Cocktail“ (Ireland)
Karina Tamm „Bartender’s Choice“ (Estonia)
Agnieszka Cieslar „Long Drink“ (Poland)
Yandery Crispin „After Dinner Cocktail“ (Dominican Republic)
Danilo Oribe „Flair“ (Uruguay)
For people involved in the field of drink culture, the gala dinner at the Seaplane Harbour formed the apogee of the World Cocktail Championships.
It was the opportunity for all the National delegations to honour the best in the bartending industry and for the International Bartenders Association to introduce the Alex Beaumont Trophy to the best Flair tender in memory of the IBA’s Flair founder.
Special prize winners:
Alex Beaumont Trophy MR. DANILO ORIBE — Uruguay
Team Prize (Challenge Cup) — Uruguay
Art Deco MR. TONI CORTES RECATALA — Spain
Best Flair Cocktail Prize MR. CHRISTOPHE DAUDIGNY — Denmark
D.N.A. Cup MR. DUSAN JANJATOVIC — Croatia — Golden Tallinn
Eagle Award MISS KARINA TAMM — Estonia
Prestige Award MR. YOUNG WANG — China
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Established in 1951 with 6 National Guilds, the IBA has continuously expanded due to the passion from the global bartending community.
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See you at the next World Cocktail Championship 2019 in Chengdu, China!
Vice President Europe