Shekhar Grover (pictured) of Royal Caribbean International has been crowned Diageo Global Travel best cruise line bartender at the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ final held earlier this month in Miami, Florida.
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’s signature serve was inspired by this year’s Mediterranean theme – ‘French Royale’ featuring CÎROC® Vodka.
The mixologist master will go forward to the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year Global Final taking place July 28 through August 1, 2014, in London, England, where he’ll battle it out against 50 of the world’s best bartenders for the coveted ‘Bartender of the Year’ title.
(Photo courtesy of Diageo Global Travel)