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Belfast barman set to take on the world

By John Mulgrew

Andrew Dickey, who works for the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, will represent Northern Ireland in the final of the World Class 2016 cocktail competition in Miami
Andrew Dickey, who works for the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, will represent Northern Ireland in the final of the World Class 2016 cocktail competition in Miami

A top Belfast bartender will show off Northern Ireland's top cocktail-making skills at an international event in the US later this month.

Andrew Dickey, who works for the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, will represent the region in the final of the World Class 2016 cocktail competition in Miami.

He'll go head-to-head with other mixologists from across the globe.

"I obviously have a real passion for cocktail making and this has been fostered through working at The Merchant Hotel," Andrew said.

"I decided to enter World Class 2016 to challenge myself. It's a competition like no other with a stunning portfolio of products and it tests every aspect of a bartender - skill, creativity, flavour perception and understanding, and hosting. I'm delighted to have been selected to represent Northern Ireland and have my sights firmly set on the title in Miami."

Petra Wolsey of the Merchant Hotel said: "We are delighted that one of our bartenders has reached the global finals of World Class.

"The fact that Andrew has reached this stage of the competition is testimony to his true dedication, determination and his understanding of both the art and the science required to be a World Class bartender."

Diageo reserve ambassador, Peter O'Connor, said: "We wish Andrew every success in Miami and we are confident that he has the ability to bring World Class home to Northern Ireland and The Merchant Hotel.

"All the bartenders who reached the final stage of World Class in Ireland showed an amazing level of professionalism."

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