Bartending gets the Masterchef treatment in new Prime documentary


SPIRIT, a brand-new feature documentary, launches this weekend (Saturday 13 May) and the makers say that it will change the way we think about cocktails forever.

Set against the backdrop of Diageo’s World Class Global Bartender of the Year competition, the documentary reveals the highs and lows of three of the world’s best bartenders as they prepare to create the most important cocktails of their career.

The documentary follows the journey of country champions Sahil Essani (India), Liisa Lindroos (Finland) and Yui Ogata (Japan) as they shake, stir and strain their way towards the coveted title of World Class Global Bartender of the Year.

The documentary includes insight from some of the industry’s leading trailblazers. From the godfather of the modern food truck movement, Roy Choi, to owner of some of the world’s best bars including Lyaness in London and Super Lyan in Amsterdam, Ryan Chetiyawardana, to the Director of Mixology at The Connaught Bar in London, Agostino Perrone, and World Class Global Bartender of the Year 2017, Kaitlyn Stewart.

Speaking about the documentary, Marissa Johnston, Global Head of World Class at Diageo said, “SPIRIT so accurately captures the essence of World Class – one of the world’s biggest and most respected cocktail competitions. It’s a remarkable and compelling insight into what it takes to be a bartender today – we hope people enjoy it and are inspired to consider a career in the hospitality industry.”

Director Ross Bolidai remarked:, “The aim of this new documentary was to get under the skin of World Class Global Finals to tell a story of tenacity, determination and spirit that reimagines how cocktails are seen globally. It was a privilege to witness the grit each of the competitors displayed from start to finish.”

Diageo World Class has also confirmed it will host the 14th edition of its global finals in São Paulo, Brazil from 23rd – 27th September 2023.

You can see the documentary on Prime Video from tomorrow and watch the preview here or by clicking the image below.

Watch the preview