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JUDGES 2014 -2015

Moscow Grand FInal, 2014

Moscow Grand FInal, 2015

One of the most influential figures of the Russian bartender community, co-owner of restaurants « Delicatessen », « Yunost » and co-founder of the education center «Clubaratory».

Moscow Grand Final, 2014

Star chef and owner of ZIMA in London, famous journalist and restaurateur, Editor-in-Chief of Russia’s culinary magazine «Eda», culinary TV host and chef, whose style is often described as a fusion of Russian flavours with notes of European and Asian cuisines.

Moscow Grand Final, 2014

Whilst being a chef of the international restaurant chain Beefbar (Monaco) and the founder of Beefbar Junior at the Royal Radisson Hotel in Moscow, Dmitri reinterprets classic dishes by radically changing its presentation and ingredients’ appearance. His style can be described as a fusion of classic recipes + unique serve + mix of flavors + a touch of Russian culture with European and Asian accents.

London Semi-Final, 2015

Simon Difford has been involved in most aspects of the drinks industry from running his own off license and wholesale company to importing spirits and brand creation, but is best known as a drinks writer and publisher. Simon founded CLASS Magazine in 1997, a title that became the leading UK style bar title before he sold it to William Reed Publishing to prepare for the launch of his range of diffordsguide drinks related books in 2001. The best known of these, ‘diffordsguide – Cocktails’, is about to celebrate its 10th edition with 3,000 colour-illustrated recipes and is widely regarded as the authoritative international cocktail publication in print and now also online.

London Semi-Finals, 2014

Simon worked and managed pubs and bars across the UK for many years before moving over to the publishing side. 6 years were spent in Australia & New Zealand working on the leading publication Australian Bartender Magazine as well as Sydney Bar Show and Bar Awards. 5 years ago BarLifeUK was started with Andy Ives as an on-line voice for UK bartenders giving them the latest news, event and competition information as well as editorial pieces on the industry as a whole. Nominations for Best Cocktail Writing at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards have followed every year as has the support of the entire of the UK bar industry.

Paris Semi-Finals, 2015

Expert in spirits and cocktails, author of “Larousse des Cocktails”, “Grand Livre du Bar et Cocktail”, 2014 nominee of the “best publication in cocktails and spirits” at Tales of the Cockails, LA. Fernando has also created the “Trophees du Bar”, a cocktail competition with tremendous success the last 12 years.

London Semi-Finals, 2014

London Semi-Finals, 2015

Luisa has been working in the spirit industry for more than 10 years. She moved from Venezuela to London in 2001 and shortly after joined the London bar scene. She worked in bars, such as Apartment 195, Hakkasan Hanway Place and the Purple Bar at the Sanderson Hotel, before moving on to work with the creative team at Inspirit Brands, representing several prestigious brands such as Ketel One, Buffalo Trace, and El Dorado Rum. In 2008 she moved to India to undertake brand development projects for Dewar’s Whisky, were she spent 4 years travelling across the country conducting whisky tasting session for the brand. It has been 3 years since she joined the team at Eaux de Vie by Marussia Beverages were she works as Brands Development Manager for the diverse and exciting spirit portfolio of Eaux de Vie.

Moscow Grand FInal, 2015

Jérôme is a famous French Michelin-starred chef and co-owner of the French restaurant La Colline in Moscow. He knows the ins and outs of culinary traditions from all around the world and since moving to Russia has embraced the locals gourmands’ appetite for seafood. He enjoys revisiting secret family recipes and integrating them with today’s culinary trends. Furthermore, Jérôme previously worked as a private chef for the Royal Family of Morocco and is specifically known to be the favorite chef of the Prince of the dynasty.

Tbilisi Semi-Finals, 2015

Alexander is a prominent Georgian chef and Executive Chef at Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. He was trained by Michelin Star Chef (2010-2011) Tomas Muller, Claude Bosi 2011 and has cooked for the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Senator McCain, Jose Carreras, Heyder Aliev, Michael Platini, Jamiroquai and Andy Garcia.

Saint-Petersburg Semi-Final, 2015

One of the founders of “Bartender Brothers”, a society for independent bartenders. A connoisseur and creative arts enthusiast, known to be passionate about the art of mixology. Vladimir is an influential and authoritative figure in the bartending industry in Russia.

Paris Semi-Finals, 2014

Thierry Daniel together with Eric Fossard are the organizers of the week long international exhibition Cocktails Spirits Paris. It is more than a trade show, where bar and drinks professionals meet and greet and has become a special date in the schedules of «key influencers,» mixology mavens, executives, entrepreneurs, buyers and journalists, who come from all over the world to tap into the Zeitgeist, anticipate shifts in markets and trends, experiment with emerging concepts, and track the mood of the coming year… Cocktails Spirits Paris is now one of the preeminent international events, a place to see and be seen.

Saint-Petersburg Semi-Finals, 2015

Restaurateur and promoter with over fifteen years of experience. Each of his projects, from the “Decadence” nightlife club to a boutique restaurant “Em”, have been critically acclaimed and deemed very successful. Edward is one of the brightest, famous and demanded restaurateurs of Saint-Petersburg.

Moscow Grand FInal, 2015

Many people consider David Hempleman-Adams to be one of the best explorers in the World today, taking part in over 40 polar expeditions and setting 39 official aviation records.

He is world famous as the first man to complete the Explorer’s Grand Slam, a challenge which has seen him conquer the North and South Magnetic Poles, become the first Briton to walk solo, among winners at the annual Gordon Bennett balloon and his most recent achievement – winning the Mamont Cup 2015, a ski race of the last degree to the North Pole (circa. 111 km).

London & Paris Semi-Finals, 2014

London, Paris & Tbilisi Semi-Finals, 2015

Global Brand Ambassador of MAMONT VODKA.
Since 2008 Tamara inspires people about Adventurous Spirit of the MAMONT VODKA and stands for Mamont Brand development across all markets. Before joining Mamont, she worked at Pernod Ricard Eastern Europe and then left to pursue an MBA in the hospitality management at ESSEC in Paris. Origin of Russia, with an air traffic controller background, she has joined several high profile expeditions such as Arktika 2007, Mamont Cup 2015 and others. As the media representative of the Foundation Mamont Tamara will take the winning team of The Mamont Mission Final to the next breathtaking Adventure.

Paris Semi-Finals, 2014

Rougui Dia, Chef of the restaurant Le Vraymonde at the Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris, was awarded the 11th Trofémina 2014 prize in the restaurant category. This prestigious prize, created by Roland escaig, awards talented and innovative women who are successful in their professional sphere. Curious and creative, Rougui Dia proposes an authentic and enchanting cuisine of Asian inspiration.

Moscow Grand Final, 2014

Co-founder of «Bartender Brothers» and «Clubaratory»; a bartending connoisseur, who specializes in judging and frequently attends competitions to evaluate bartenders.

Tbilisi Semi-Finals, 2015

President of Bartender Association in Georgia.