Newcastle mixologist secures spot in top 100 bartenders in the UK

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Luke Riley, who runs Mother Mercy, is hoping to win the title of Diageo World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2024.

A talented mixologist from Newcastle has been selected to compete in the world’s most prestigious cocktail competition. 

Luke Riley, who runs Newcastle’s renowned cocktail venue Mother Mercy, has been recognised for his skills, dedication and passion for the cocktail industry, earning him a well-earned spot at the global competition. 

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Luke will join top bartenders across the country hoping to be named the Diageo World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2024.

The Diageo World Class competition is one of the most prestigious cocktail competitions, which celebrates bartenders across the world, while challenging them to highlight their creativity and skills in the field.

The first stage of the competition required bartenders to submit a maximum of two serves, in the hopes of securing a spot in the top 100 bartenders. 

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Luke’s submission saw him place in the top 100, seeing him through to the next stage of the competition.

For the second stage of the competition, Luke must create a World Class Cocktail Festival menu, which will consist of three carefully crafted cocktails. 

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The GB grand final will be held in June, and the winner will represent the UK in the Global Finals, which will be held in Shanghai, China in September.

Luke commented: "This is the biggest competition in the world, and it’s really humbling to be associated with some of the best bartenders in the country." 

Mother Mercy is full of support for their bartender, as he represents the bar and the vibrant spirit of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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