A bartender from Paris has become the first female to claim the lofty title of “World’s Best Bartender” at a major competition in Miami.
Jennifer Le Nechet of Cafe Moderne in the French capital beat out 10,000 bartenders from around the world after dominating the final challenge of the weeklong World Class competition in Miami: creating a pop-up bar in just 24 hours.
Le Nechet’s concept, a Steampunk-themed pop-up, had the wow factor needed to give her the leading edge over her five rivals from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Japan and Taiwan.
“Jennifer just nailed it in the Superstar Pool Party showing all the skills you could want in a bartender, and her pop-up bar blew us all away with its cool Steampunk theme and twist on classic cocktails with homemade emulsions, cola and organic ingredients,” said judge Alex Kratena, a mixologist who has been called the best international bartender who helped the Artesian in London score the title of world’s best bar when he was at the helm.
Le Nechet is one of the main personalities behind Café Moderne, a low-key watering hole for locals living in the 11th arrondissement, which attracts patrons as much for the cafe’s signature meatballs as it does for her cocktails.
“I’m completely blown away,” she said in a statement.
“It’s such an honour to take home the title of World’s Best Bartender, especially when competing against such talent from around the world.
“This week has inspired me to continue pushing the boundaries of flavors and to explore how all the senses can be engaged through cocktails.”
As the winner, Le Nechet will travel the world as a Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador – host of the event – judging competitions and taking her cocktail wizardry around the world. – AFP Relaxnews
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