50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship 2022

50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship 2022

In 2022, The World’s 50 Best Bars is launching its first-ever scholarship for aspiring bartenders in collaboration with The Blend by Beam Suntory.

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In this opportunity of a lifetime, the lucky winner of the scholarship will be invited to complete two bar stages (internships) in some of the world’s most-renowned bars: the legendary Connaught Bar in London, named The World’s Best Bar in 2021 and 2020, and Katana Kitten in New York, which currently holds the No.10 position in The World’s 50 Best Bars.

After completing the stages in early 2023, the scholar will then be hosted by The Blend by Beam Suntory for an experience of a lifetime in Madrid, Spain.

The internships will take place in 2023 and flights between the destinations will be included in the prize. The winner will also receive £500 per week in living expenses to enjoy the exciting host cities.

The winner of the 50 Best Bars The Blend Scholarship 2022 will be revealed at the live awards ceremony of The World’s 50 Best Bars 2022, to which the three finalists will also be invited and hosted at the event.  

How to apply
Applications for the scholarship opened on 19th May and will close on 20th June. The scholarship is open to bartenders across the world over the age of 21 and with under three years’ professional experience.  

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Future Positive
The theme of the 50 Best The Blend Scholarship for 2022 is 'Future Positive', encouraging bartending practices and attitudes that will have a positive impact on the planet. Bartenders will be rewarded for their low-waste or local approach to ingredients and push for greater diversity, better representation and balance within the workplace. Scholarship applicants will need to show a readiness to contribute to this outlook.

The selection process
The scholarship recipient will be selected after a three-stage judging process:

Round One: Applicants will be asked to introduce themselves and share their vision of ‘Future Positive’ and what it means to them as a bartender in a short video, as well as answering some questions about their career to date.

Round Two: The shortlisted candidates will design a drink, inspired by the ‘Future Positive’ theme, that heroes one local ingredient. The design must be accompanied by evidence of the research, development and creative process.

This stage will be judged by 50 Best Bars stalwarts including Vijay Mudaliar (Native and Analogue, Singapore), Ashish Sharma (The Surf Club, Miami), Jean Trinh (Alquimico, Cartagena), Kelsey Ramage (The Trash Collective, USA), Claire Sprouse (Hunky Dory, Brooklyn) and Luke Whearty (Byrdi, Melbourne).

Round Three: Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with representatives from 50 Best, The Blend, Agostino Perrone of Connaught Bar and Masahiro Urushido of Katana Kitten.

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