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World Class Entry and Competition Q&A

January 19, 2017
Thu 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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Contributors

  • Andrew Meltzer

    Andrew's love affair with food and drink began at an Atlanta pizzeria 8 years ago. A 2012 move to San Francisco, and a job at 15 Romolo, offered Meltzer the opportunity to master classic cocktails and hospitality. At Romolo, Andrew manages the bar and takes a lead role in developing seasonal cocktail menus. He is a naturally competitive bartender, with a flair for technique and an enthusiastic stage presence. Andrew is the Vice President of the US Bartenders’ Guild, San Francisco Chapter, where he offers his community opportunities to learn, taste, travel, and connect. Andrew preaches about great service first and quality drinks second, and is excited to watch the pendulum of bartending swing back towards hospitality and guest experiences. A huge fan of tiki cocktails and spirit-forward whiskey drinks, you'll find Andrew drinking Daiquiris and Manhattans.

    Accomplishments:
    2016 Diageo World Class, National Champion, USA, and Global Finalist
    2015 Diageo World Class, National Finalist, top quadrant, USA
    2015 USBG/IBA Shake It Up, National Finalist, 3rd place, USA
    2015 Bacardi Legacy, National Finalist, USA
    2014 Bacardi Legacy, National Finalist, USA
    2014 Domaine de Canton Bartender of the Year, Global Finalist

    2015-2016 US Bartenders’ Guild, San Francisco Chapter, Vice President

  • Tyson Buhler

    Tyson Buhler began his hospitality career in the kitchen at a young age and continued his education attending culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale, AZ. It was behind the bar where he found the balance of front and back of house that suited him best. The ability to be creative all the while having guest interaction was a natural fit that he parlayed into working in some Arizona’s top bar programs.

    After a few years honing his craft in Arizona, he moved to New York to work at world-renowned cocktail bar Death & Company. The always-competitive New York cocktail scene pushed him into looking for different ways to challenge and grow behind the bar and that’s where Diageo World Class came into the picture. Competing against the top bartenders in the country, on the biggest stage proved to be an incredible learning experience and it paid off when in 2015, he took the top prize nationally and a chance to compete for World Class Global Finals in Cape Town, South Africa.