Success is built on failure. Devi Singh, a mixologist from Firefly,Goa learned this through his failure in the last two editions of World Class. Both years he was in top 6 of the competition but couldn't make it to to be the Indian finalist. But this year with the return of the 11th edition of Diageo Annual Bartending Competiton Devi with his insatiable desire to win was announced as the Country’s Competition Winner and will now represent the Nation and State at the Diageo World Class 2019 finals in Glasgow, Scotland.
Devi was not the only one from Goa; Moira’s Rohan Barbosa was also competing alongside in the national top 10 round .The final round of Diageo World Class 2019 was held in Mumbai which witnessed around 10,000 bartenders across the world from over 60 countries, competing for the prestigious spot. For the finale, Devi emerged as the frontrunner across the three rounds – in depth and thorough blind tasting, making six cocktails in five minutes and finally presenting a cocktail based on the ingredients given to them.
“This is a story that films are made from. A young boy leaves his home in rural Rajasthan to pursue a career behind a bar, and then finally wins the best bartender in the country. It also means a small nondescript bar in Benaulim called Firefly at Pedritos serves as a Launchpad for India's premier bartender to compete for the World’s Best Bartender in Glasgow, Scotland,” said Hansel Vaz, proprietor of Cazulo Premium Feni, where Devi works too.
Devi on his win said “I am very excited and want to show the world what India is about” .Devi had recently undertaken a pan-India road trip as part of his quest to take his signature cocktail ‘Memories’, to the world.