Matias Grosso, Star Princess bartender, will be competing for the prestigious title of Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year at the competition finals in Rio de Janeiro next month. Grosso is one of four Princess Cruises bartenders who contended in the event’s semifinals last week in Miami, and one of more than 10,000 bartenders worldwide who have been battling throughout the competition.
Grosso earned a place in the finals with his winning cocktail “Spring Dew.” Made from Ciroc vodka, Gewürztraminer wine, seedless red grapes, orange flower water and a small rose petal, Mattias shared his thoughts behind the creation: “The initial idea was to work on aromas and flavors from the garden or countryside. Moreover, I wanted to place emphasis on the characteristics of the main spirits and enhance them with the Gewürztraminer bouquet.”
An internationally renowned bartending training program, Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS has become an important event in the world of mixology and luxury drinks. During April and May 2012, Princess Cruises bartenders participated in the training from Diageo Brand Ambassadors, using fine spirits from the Diageo Reserve luxury portfolio – including KETEL ONE® vodka, CÎROC® vodka and DON JULIO® tequila.
Princess Cruises is the only cruise line to take part in this prestigious event, and winning recipes created by the heats’ finalists will be showcased aboard Princess ships throughout 2012.
“We’re so proud of Matias for making it to the finals, and are thrilled to be the first cruise line to participate in Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS,” said Peter Tobler, vice president of food and beverage operations for Princess Cruises. “Our bartenders value the recognition of their talent and look forward to bringing our passengers the new and unique cocktail offerings they are concocting.”
In addition to Grosso, the other Princess Cruises bartenders who participated in the competition semifinals are Deepakkumar Chahuan, Grand Princess, Jennifer Agbuya, Sapphire Princess, and Edgardo Pszemiarower, Ruby Princess.