Joshua Hendricks, a 24-year-old bartender, was the youngest person to claim top honours in the local leg of a bartending competition in Cape Town recently.
His win means he will represent the country in the global finals of the Diageo World Class Competition in Sydney, Australia, in September.
Working at Gable in Bree Street, Cape Town, Hendricks went from being a protégé in the Diageo SA The Hand-Up Mentorship Programme to SA winner. The national finals were held in the Mother City over three days where 10 contestants were put through their paces in front of a judging panel.
“The first day kicked off with a mastery challenge, where we had to identify 50 cocktail ingredients by smell and taste alone,” said Hendricks. With that behind him came a blind tasting of classic cocktails served in test tubes.