Diageo, parent company of Guinness Nigeria Plc and the world’s leading premium drinks business has kicked off its 2015 Master Bar Academy Programme in Nigeria. Through the Master Bar Academy Programme (also known as MBA), Diageo aims to help Nigerian bartenders learn world-class bartending techniques they need to build successful careers. The programme also highlights viable career prospects bartending offers Nigerian youths who wish to pursue a career in the field.
The Master Bar Programme is the brainchild of Mark Barrett, Spirits Capability Manager for Diageo Africa, who created the academy after visiting bars and clubs in Africa and constantly getting the incorrect serve or bad service.
The 2015 MBA programme was launched with an advanced one-day master class programme (MBA 303) organized for beneficiaries of previously organized basic and intermediate programmes. At the end of the advanced programme, five highly skilled bartenders were selected to compete in a live finale which tested the cocktail skills of the contestants. At the end of the closely contested finale, Michael Toriola emerged overall winner of the competition winning $1,000, an iPad loaded with cocktail apps, as well as MBA cocktail set. While presenting the prize to the winner, the General Manager, Diageo Brands Nigeria, Neil Comerford said: “We are proud of the part we are playing to celebrate exceptional bartending skills. We are recognising our winner today, but at the same time, we are helping to build the skills of all participants. In the coming days, we look forward to giving more opportunities to an additional 1, 000 Nigerian bartenders”.
The overall winner of the MBA bartending competition, Michael Toriola, will be tutored to qualify and represent Nigeria at the World Class Bartending Competition which will holds in South Africa later this year.
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