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Santanu Chanda becomes World Class India Bartender of the Year

Santanu Chanda triumphed at the Diageo Reserve's World Class India Finale in Gurugram, highlighting his mixology expertise and dedication to the craft. The event celebrated its 15th year, bringing together India's top bartenders for a showcase of innovative cocktails and spirited competition.

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Santanu Chanda becomes World Class India Bartender of the Year

Santanu Chanda emerged victorious  in Diageo Reserve's World Class India Finale, which was held on June 15th and 16th in Gurugram. The competition redefined the art of mixology, shaking up the scene with some serious talent. This prestigious competition, celebrating its 15th year, brought together the nation's top bartenders for a two-day event.

India's top bartenders assembled under one roof for the electrifying World Class India Finale. The two-day event was a vibrant celebration of mixology, with innovative cocktails and healthy competition taking centre stage. The crème de la crème – the top 16 bartenders from across the country – battled it out for the coveted title of World Class India Bartender of the Year 2024.

Ultimately, Santanu, who has to his credit of winning multiple prestigious mixology competitions around the world, demonstrated in depth knowledge of spirits and their imaginative blends.

Commenting on his victory, Santanu Chanda, Winner of World Class India 2024 said, "This title is not solely mine but a testament to the entire Indian bartending community that inspires me. The collective drive to improve and innovate elevates this industry to new heights. Cheers to the spirit of collaboration and a heartfelt thank you to Diageo Reserve's World Class for creating a space that celebrates our community and fosters an ecosystem of growth and excellence."

Bhanu Gupta, Vice President and Business Head - Luxury and Super Premium at Diageo said, "Santanu's achievement is a testament to his expertise and dedication, as well as the immense talent within the Indian bartending community.”  

“At World Class, we have created a global ecosystem that elevates drink experiences across the world, including in India. Our mission goes beyond promoting drinking better. We are dedicated to supporting and uplifting our trade community. Santanu's victory not only showcases his individual talent but also reflects the growing excellence of the Indian bartending community and the transformative impact of advocacy-led initiatives like World Class," Bhanu added.