Hilton Team Member Reaches Finals Of Bartending World Class Competition

This information originated in UK English.

April 07, 2011

I joined the Hilton family in November 2009 working as the Head Bartender at The Waldorf Hilton, London.

Since becoming a Team Member my passion for my job inspired me to participate in several cocktail competitions which gave me credibility and allowed me to network with people in the food and beverage industry. I have received various recognitions including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at London Heats along with 2nd place in the National Final.

I am currently participating in one of the biggest competitions a bartender can be part of, the Bartending World Class Competition. I competed against 180 bartenders in the White Spirits category, which features vodka and gin and am currently in the finals with my cocktail, the "Refined Madam."

The soul of the Refined Madam is the Premium Tanqueray No. Ten. The name Refined Madam can be used to categorize the women who frequent posh and elegant hotel bars and ask for premium and quality drinks.

You can review the recipe and vote for my cocktail at the below link:


As a result of my accomplishments, I received the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Paris to record videos on how to make classic cocktails. Another opportunity included a visit to Prague where I presented the Hilton F&B values to over 150 Managers.

I want express my gratitude to Noel de Munck, Boris Guerov and Globy Ouseph for all of their support and for the opportunities they have given me to share my passion with our Guests and my fellow Team Members.

Nelson Bernardes, Head Mixologist at The Waldorf Hilton, London, is a one year Hilton Team Member.

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