Marc McArthur wins Global Travel final and competition semi-final; will head to Mexico City for WORLD CLASS final


McArthur wowed judges with a combination of craft, creativity, knowledge, storytelling, presentation and the overall delivered drinking experience
Marc McArthur, of Norwegian Cruise Line, has been crowned DIAGEO Global Travel’s best bartender in an exciting final at DIAGEO 396 Bar in Miami.
To reach this pinnacle, Marc, 28, from South Africa, fought off competition from talented cruise line bartenders from three of the world’s top cruise lines: Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Seabourn Cruise Line.
A judging panel of the bar industry’s top experts, including Enrique De Colsa, Master Distiller of Tequila Don Julio; Ben Potts, one of Miami’s best bartenders who now owns and manages his own venue and finally last year’s WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year Jennifer Le Nechet praised Marc for his natural showmanship, skilled techniques and ability to create remarkable cocktails. These judges observed Marc and his fellow semi-finalists on a range of elements of their craft, creativity, knowledge, storytelling, presentation and the overall delivered drinking experience. Marc fascinated the judges throughout the “Mystery Box Challenge” and “Cocktails Against the Clock Challenge.” 
Winner Marc McArthur, who is Head Mixologist on board the Norwegian Escape, said: “I can’t put into words how much this achievement means to me. I’ve invested a lot of training and dedication into this competition; just making it through to the semi-finals was incredible, but to be judged by last year’s winner and succeed to go on to represent the cruise industry in the global final of the WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year, it’s without doubt the highlight of my career. I can’t wait to compete with the best and bring the confidence and skills I’ve developed through the World Class program to Mexico City.”
Marcos Bibas, Commercial Director, DIAGEO Americas said: “The WORLD CLASS program is devised to educate and inspire bartenders to deliver outstanding drinking experiences, and I’m delighted we can offer this experience to cruise line bartenders on board our partners’ ships. Last night we witnessed a thrilling competition showcasing a remarkable standard of craftsmanship and creativity. We want to congratulate all of our finalists and wish Marc the very best of luck at the WORLD CLASS Global Final in August.”
Wes Cort, Senior Director, Restaurant and Beverage Development & Operations at Norwegian Cruise Line said: “We’re so pleased for Marc and his achievement. He always works incredibly hard to deliver the finest guest experience aboard Norwegian Escape and his terrific performance last night was no different. We wish him the best of luck in the WORLD CLASS Final and are confident his craftsmanship and talent will impress the judges once more. We’d like to extend our sincerest gratitude to WORLD CLASS for putting on such a thrilling event and for training our bartenders in the art and science of creating moment-defining cocktails, using award-winning spirits from the DIAGEO RESERVE collection. Our partnership provides Norwegian Cruise Line guests with fine drinking experiences, making our guests’ overall cruise vacation unforgettable.”
The WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year final will take place in Mexico City on 20th to 24th of August 2017. Marc will battle it out against 56 of the world’s best bartenders for the coveted “WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year” title.
If Marc is successful at the Global Final, securing the title of WORLD CLASS Bartender of the Year, he will experience a world of opportunities. Since winning last year’s competition, Jennifer Le Nechet now enjoys travelling the world and judging competitions.