WORLD CLASS LIST – ON AMAZON PRIME
It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it.
A new travel series, World Class List, follows the adventures of aspiring musician and drinks enthusiast Carey Watkins, 27, as he journeys to some of the world’s most dynamic cities where he is guided by the world’s best bartenders to learn about each city’s cocktail culture and to curate his ultimate drinks list.
The series champions the rise of global cocktail culture and seeks to inspire people to drink better and create unforgettable experiences in the process and is created by World Class, the organisers of the world’s biggest bartending competition. World Class is an initiative created by leading spirits company Diageo, the makers of Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray no. TEN Gin and Ketel One Vodka amongst others.
Carey, who lives in LA, was selected from hundreds to become the host of the new travel series, to be released on Amazon Prime in selected markets from next week and available to watch now on MakeItWorldClass.com/List.
During the five-part series, Carey explores the best of what to see, do, eat and drink in five of the world’s most exciting cities – Sydney, Taipei, Barcelona, San Francisco and Mexico. Led on his journey by the world’s best bartenders, the result is a travel series with a twist – and the creation of the ultimate drinks list.
The five renowned World Class bartenders share their inside knowledge of their city and passion for better drinking and the craft of bartending with Carey, presenting their cocktail inspired by their experiences to feature on the World Class List.
2012 World Class Bartender of the Year Tim Philips of Australia appears on the show, as well as four national champions from the World Class Bartender of the Year 2016 Global Final: Andrew Meltzer of the USA, Nick Wu of Taiwan, Spanish bartender Adriana Chia and Nica Rousseau of Mexico.
Among the drinks that Carey experiences is a smooth digestif from Tim Philips made with Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky and freshly brewed coffee with notes of heather, honey and vanilla, and a brunch-time alternative to the Bloody Mary using Ketel One Vodka, carrot juice and notes of fennel from Andrew Meltzer.
In his search, Carey experiences some unforgettable moments, including an energetic introduction to Mexican wrestling, spearfishing his own seafood to pair with Tanqueray gin and grapefruit in Sydney and celebrating New Year’s Eve drinking cocktails under fireworks on a boat in San Francisco Bay.
World Class Global Director Johanna Dalley said: “We’re delighted to launch our new digital travel series which celebrates incredible bartender talent around the world. World Class List is a reflection of the growing demand by inquisitive consumers eager to step up their drinking and move with the trend of rising cocktail culture. Carey’s journey is that of the viewer – learning more about drinking culture around the world at the same time as picking up some really simple tips on how to make great cocktails himself. We want to inspire consumers to get out into the industry and try the amazing drinks on offer in bars all over the world, or to up their game and have a go at making them at home.”
Carey Watkins said: “When I found out I’d be the host, I was just really overwhelmed. I definitely didn’t comprehend the fact that I was about to travel around the world for six weeks, and by no means did I realise just how good this job was. The whole thing was incredible, and I got to do things I would never normally do.
“The trip very quickly became unbelievable, and nine times out of ten I was doing something I hadn’t done before – and would never have done. I do love to travel, but more than anything I love to meet people, to talk to people and form relationships. To combine that with travelling around the world – and learning how these bartenders hone their craft while tasting their unbelievable drinks – literally is the dream job .I was truly blown away by all five of those drinks – everything from the colours, to the smells, to the taste – they were unbelievably good.”