World Class Bartender Pop-Up Bar Challenge

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World Class Bartender Pop-Up Bar Challenge

Six of the world’s best bartenders showed off their skills Thursday night at the World Class 2016 global bartending competition in Miami. Fifty-six competitors started out the week. On Tuesday, the field was narrowed to a dozen. By Wednesday, only six remained: Jonas Brandenborg Andersen (Denmark), Dries Botty (Belgium), Ryu Fuji (Japan), Adrian Michalcik (Czech Republic), Jennifer Le Nechet (France), and Nick Wu (Taiwan). The finalists then had 24 hours to complete the final challenge: create a pop-up bar experience that reflected each bartender’s unique style and sensibility. Competition was tight, but at the end of the night, Le Nechet, from France, emerged as the champion — the first woman to do so in the conception’s eight-year history.