June 13 2014  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Royal Caribbean’s Shekhar Grover wins crown of “Best Cruise Line Bartender” at Diageo Reserve World Class semi-final

By Wendy Morley

Shekhar Grover of Royal Caribbean International has been crowned Diageo Global Travel best cruise line bartender at a glamorous Diageo Reserve World Class final

At a glamorous gala event held in Diageo’s Bar 396, Coconut Grove, Miami, the semi-finalists from four cruise lines competed to win the crown of “Best Cruise Line Bartender” and the chance to compete against 50 other finalists in the global finals, to be held in London from July 28 to August 1, 2014.

Luminaries from the four cruise lines and from Diageo gathered to taste these bartenders’ delicious signature cocktails and to watch the competition.

Shekhar excelled in the bar arena and enthralled judges with his signature serve inspired by this years Mediterranean theme - French Royale featuring CÎROC® Vodka

These four gentlemen first produced their signature cocktails for judges, and then in a timed event had to create up to five original cocktails within five minutes.  The judges marked their scores and in the end Royal Caribbean’s Shekhar Grover won the crown.

This event offers an incredible opportunity for the winner, who will fly to London to compete against the top bartender from each of 50 countries in an exciting final. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to cruise lines to showcase their winning bartender and his cocktail on their cruise ships, inspiring other bartenders and exciting passengers.

Roseann Grippo of Royal Caribbean says, “Diageo offers an incredible opportunity for the bartenders on our ships. They are amazing partners and really inspire our bartenders to take it to the next level.”

 

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