GLENFIDDICH CROWNS MICHAEL STEPHENSON TO REPRESENT SOUTH AFRICA IN THE GLOBAL SEARCH FOR THE WORLD’S MOST EXPERIMENTAL BARTENDER
Glenfiddich’s first global competition to find the world’s most experimental bartender kicked off in August when South Africa selected six top bartenders to compete for a chance to represent the country on the world stage. On 29 September, Glenfiddich proudly announced Michael Stephenson from Lucky Shaker in Durban, as the South African maverick bartender to compete in Scotland in November.
Stephenson collaborated with Paul Figueira, a carpenter to create a Glenfiddich inspired ‘perfect serve’ titled “Valley Of Time,” allowing the drinker to explore the various flavours and aromas of the whisky.
The judges were looking for someone with excellent knowledge of the Glenfiddich brand and whose creation embody the maverick elements inspired by the brand and could provide a unique whisky drinking experience that could be shared worldwide. The judging panel for the evening included newly appointed editor of Whisky Magazine, Bernard Gutman, whisky enthusiast and blogger, Jeanette Wenzel as well as street photography guru, Trevor Stuurman.
True to Glenfiddich’s maverick values, the competition aims to recognise and reward forward thinking bartenders who collaborate with ‘mavericks’ outside the traditional drinks world, such as musicians, chefs and artists, to develop a unique and inventive Glenfiddich drinking experience.