Sources have told Australian Bartender that the long running relationship between spirits company Diageo and Sven Almenning’s training and consultancy business, Behind Bars, is ending in September. “Diageo Australia has decided will be moving ahead with a new on-premise agency this coming financial year and as such, will be ending its relationship with Behind Bars from 13 September 2013,” a Diageo spokesperson said.
The World Class bartending competition is well under way once more with The Ketel One Vodka Awards having recently closed entries. Judging is in progress to find out who the next three Australian World Class National Finalists will be to join Jason Williams from Melbourne’s Galley Room who secured his place in the Australian Final on the Reserve World Class stand at Sydney BarShow in September.
Diageo’s Alchemy program has recruited one of Sydney’s best to join the team: Pierre Fajloun, ivy lounge and den’s head bartender. Pierre brings a wealth of experience and vibrancy to the Alchemy program. In his six years behind the bar, he has worked at a number of high?end establishments, including the Four Seasons, Zeta Bar and now ivy.
The votes are in for Bartender magazine’s Most Influential List in association with Diageo’s Alchemy. Read on to find out the who made the Top 50 based on your trade votes…
Alchemists, and Behind Bars consultants Marco Nunes (QLD), Sean Baxter (VIC) and David Beatty (NSW) have recently been appointed as the 2009 Smirnoff Black Copper Cup ambassadors. All previous competitors in this challenging competition, theses ambassadors will provide mentorship to Copper Cup entrants in their state.
Diageo’s Alchemy program is now offering Alchemy Boot Camp training, giving venues the opportunity to bring their staff quickly up to speed across service principles and spirit categories through an intensive one or two day training course.